Chloe Charody's "The Carnival"
Presented by RED BENNIES & THE MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2011
Direct from London’s West End and trailing rave reviews from across the globe, 26-year-old Australian composer and producer Chloé Charody’s hit circus-opera ‘The Carnival’ returns to Melbourne for the 2011 Fringe Festival following a season of sell out shows at Red Bennies in May ealier this year.
Expect a wild operatic circus where the audience is swept up in a crazy carnival of contortion, classical virtuosity, fire & mayhem with the extraordinary risqué classical beauties, Ilythian, featuring several of Melbourne’s finest circus performers.
Originating from Australia, Ilythian have achieved world wide recognition through their innovative theatrical circus - style and presentation of classical music and are quickly paving the path for the future of the genre. Ilythian join the crème de la crème of Melbourne’s circus scene to take you on a journey to the chaotic, beautiful and extraordinary world of The Carnival inside a magical Music Box.
Where concert blacks are replaced with glitter and lace, contortionists, musical virtuosos, fire performers & aerial acrobats litter the stage, international theatre producer and composer Chloé Charody is breathing life to a new era in classical music.
The immediate success of ‘The Carnival’ has been attributed to Charody’s development of the genre ‘Circus Opera’ where an incredibly complex and intricate classical musical score is fused with some of the world’s top classical musicians whom hang from the ceiling and perform daring circus tricks in what can only be described as a revolutionary art-form.
One of the many highlights of ‘The Carnival’ features the extraordinary violin virtuoso Sonja Scebeck, who’s musical genius is coupled with extraordinary fire-eating, fire-taming and circus tricks. Scebeck has become a very prominent figure throughout Europe and Australia both as the “fire-eating virtuoso” of ‘The Carnival’ and as a featured soloist with the violinist Nigel Kennedy.
Following a trail of exceptional success, both Charody (27) and Scebeck (25) are emerging as two of the most exciting leaders and pioneers in the field of classical music. ‘The Carnival’ hits Red Bennies for it’s final leg of the Australian shows for The Melbourne Fringe Festival before heading back to the UK ahead of it’s major international tour.
"The show itself is a mildly disturbing insight into the mind of a talented composer. Charody's musical ability cannot be questioned or failed… So, will you like 'The Carnival'? It's bizarre, granted, but provided post-show psychoanalysis isn't your favourite wind-down, judgerd on pure entertainment and musical value, it's a gem. After all, aren't the best operas unrealistic and escapist? It is a show case of genius, but it's utterly nutty: think Tim Burton meets Bizet."
Hailed by The Daily Telegraph as “Blooming fantastic... it’s almost frightening to surmise just how good they can be”.
"Charody’s productions are not to be missed."
"It looks like classical music is getting a Cirque du Soleil make over and we like it.
‘The Carnival’ – A Circus Opera by a young Australian Composer picked up by several of the UK’s Top Theatre Producers. Chloé Charody.
Wed 21, Thurs 22: 8PM
Fri 23: 7:30PM
Sat 24: 8:30PM
Sun 25: 9PM
$20 Concession (Standing)
Red Bennies offers a unique experience to your traditional seated show.
Short and sweet acts appear throughout the evening, complimenting the drinking hour and breaking up your club experience. Show structures and interval times may vary. Ticket price listed is for standing room only unless otherwise specified. Limited seating is available, please contact Red Bennies on 03 9826 2689 for all group, booth and seated bookings.
Notes: Show times are approximate. Most tickets are for General Admission / standing room only - if you wish to upgrade your tickets to a table or booth, please call the Red Bennies office to make a reservation on (03) 9826 2689