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Film: "Lion – The Long Way Home"
Currently in the cinemas across the region
“Lion – A Long Way Home” is based on a true story and has been nominated for six Academy Awards. It has received wide international critical acclaim since its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 September 2016. Directed by Australian Garth Davis, it stars legendary Australian actor Nicole Kidman and international actors Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and the young Sunny Pawar. Based on Saroo Brierley’s autobiography “A Long Way Home”, the story tells how five-year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. He learns how to survive in Kolkata, before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
For more information, see official trailer: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3741834/
Concerts: Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir performing with Carmina Slovenica and with Vienna Boys Choir
8 May 2017, at 7 pm in Maribor, Slovenia
13 and 14 May 2017, at 11:00 am in Vienna, Austria
As part of its first European tour ever, the inspiring Australian Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will be traveling to Slovenia and Austria for joint performances with Carmina Slovenika in Maribor and with the Vienna Boys Choir in Vienna. Directed by Lyn Williams, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir is a unique initiative to preserve and develop Indigenous language and story through song, involving intergenerational cultural activity and developing a new contemporary Indigenous repertoire. The programs in Maribor and Vienna will allow the members of the choirs to engage in a unique form of cultural exchange.
The collaboration with Carmina Slovenika, a well-established actor on the international vocal music scene, includes a workshop and a joint concert on 8 May aiming at a cultural merge of international vocal music with characteristic sound and wide-ranged virtuosity. Carmina Slovenika is known for its innovative programming which explores works from the forefronts of the contemporary music scene. It has received more than 100 awards and recognitions at home and abroad.
From 9-13 May, the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir will be in Vienna to work with the internationally acclaimed Vienna Boys’ Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) and to give joint performances. These two highly skilled children’s choirs will bring together two rich cultural heritages. In their performances, they will juxtapose and merge their diverse musical traditions: Australian Indigenous songs and European classical music. The Vienna Boys Choir plans to reciprocate with a visit to Australia and joint performances in Sydney and Cairns later this year.
For more information about this special project of the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir please refer here: http://gondwana.org.au/special-projects/vienna-cairns-sydney/
Venue in Maribor:
Prešernova street 3
Ph: +386 (0) 31 652 662
For more information about the joint concert please refer here: http://www.carmina-slovenica.si/en/events/
Venue in Vienna:
MuTH - The Vienna Boys’ Choir Concert Hall
Ph: +43 1 347 80 80
Box office opening times: Mon – Fri (except holidays) from 16:00 – 18:00
For more information about the concert with the Vienna Boys' Choir, please refer to: http://muth.at/produktionen/muthertag/
Music: Simone Young Conducting “Mondparsifal Alpha 1-8” at Vienna Festival
4 June, 2017 Sunday 6pm
6 June, 2017 Tuesday 6 pm
8 June, 2017 Thursday 6 pm
World-famous Australian conductor Simone Young will be conducting the world premiere of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang and director Jonatan Meese’s new interpretation of Richard Wagner's Parsifal. Mondparisfal Alpha 1-8 is a re-interpretation of, and homage to, Wagner’s famous opera, transporting Wagner’s mythos into a revolutionary moment in a far-flung future, as Parsifal meets Marlon Brando and Barbarella on the moon. Simone Young has established herself internationally as a Wagner and Strauss specialist. She made her debut at the Vienna State Opera in 1993 and has since conducted lead orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, in eminent venues throughout the world, including as Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera. For more information on Simone Young, please refer to http://www.simoneyoung.com.
Theater an der Wien
Linke Wienzeile 6
Theatre: “Lady Eats Apple” - Back To Back Theatre at Vienna Festival
14 June, 2017, 20:00 pm
15 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
16 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
17 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
18 June 2017, 15:00 and 20:00 pm
From the city of Geelong, Victoria, Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s only professional theatre company comprising actors with intellectual disabilities, is returning to perform at the Vienna Festival for the third time. After “Ganesh versus the Third Reich” and “Small Metal Objects”, the company will perform “Lady Eats Apple” and invite the audience to witness the beginning of our civilisation, and see the epic and everyday merge. Back to Back Theatre is balancing on the liminal edge of possibility, and charts new trails deeper into the landscape of the unconscious, creating work that questions our assumptions and offering an alternative view of the world. Performance is in English with German subtitles.
Further information on Back to Back Theatre’s performance is available here: http://backtobacktheatre.com/projects/ladyeatsapple/
Tickets for the Vienna Festival performances are available here: http://www.festwochen.at/en/programme/detail/lady-eats-apple/
Theater an der Wien
Linke Wienzeile 6