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DUCTS ACADEMY MAGMA
BESTRIDE EGO SELDOM
N AMATEUR R
REMAIN SEA RUMINANT
THERE NAIVE NOMADIC
DEEMING LAGER LOCUM
OUTBREAK EEL WRASSE
E MEANDER G
TRUDGE AND GAINSAYS
TUTOR ICEBERG ELAND
Solutions from 8
The Geography Class
My favourite subject at school was
So proud I was of being top of the
class in geography.
We would go to the class and
up on the wall was a large map of
And the teacher would stand there and
point at all the red on the map.
Oh, she d say, see that red on the
map, that s the British Empire.
But the old Empire was already in
decline, and there were a few delusions
of grandeur in the geography class.
But the sight of all that red on the map...
It made us think that
the English had done terribly well.
It was only when we got home to our
upstairs rooms that it did not add up.
The glorious dreams of Empire did not match
up with our living conditions.
That is, poor housing, low wages and
the dead end of English class.
Perhaps the old Empire was
a real case of window dressing for us from
the back streets.
With the curtains being shabbier
with each passing year.
Lynda Becker s collection of prose poem reflections on
growing up in the Fulham and Hammersmith areas of
London was published and reviewed last year.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed
with postal address to poetscorner@independentweek-
ly.com.au or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor,
Independent Weekly, GPO Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A
poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.
POET S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
Restless Dance Theatre s new
performance is inspired by
influences ranging from
classical paintings and sculpture
to Baroque music and the fashion
spreads of Vogue magazine.
Artistic director Ingrid Voorendt
says she wanted to make something
that was "sublimely beautiful".
"It s like a reaction to previous
productions I have done, which
were almost the antithesis of
beauty ... I also wanted to make
something with all women and
which was choreographically
The resulting work, aptly named
Beauty, sparked strong interest
among national and international
delegates at this year s Australian
Performing Arts Market.
Adelaide-based Restless was
one of only four Australian dance
companies chosen to present a
"work in development" at the event,
which gives program-makers the
chance to see new performing arts.
Beauty features five female danc-
ers, four of whom have disabilities,
exploring different notions of
feminine beauty and challenging
some of the images we see in the
Voorendt says she started by
looking at the way beauty was
portrayed in classical paintings of
women, especially through their
expressions, gestures and postures,
many of which are still used today
She was also inspired by the work
of Australian photographer Bill
Henson, and the way figures in his
images often seem almost luminous
against a dark background, "pop-
ping out" at the viewer. Another
reference was Grace Coddington,
US Vogue magazine s creative
Coddington took a job with Vogue
after a car crash ended her model-
ling career and she has worked
alongside infamous editor Anna
Wintour for more than 20 years.
Voorendt s interest in her work
was piqued by the recent documen-
tary The September Issue, in which
Coddington s creative clashes
with Wintour provided most of the
The Restless team sought out
more of the gorgeous fashion shoots
directed by Coddington.
"We also looked at the ideas
around feminine beauty ... the
competition, comparison and envy
that goes on between women and
in women s friendships," Voorendt
says of Beauty.
"But there s humour in it as
She says all the women are
extraordinary dancers, with the
disabled performers bringing a
different perspective to the concept
"Beauty is about looking at other
people, so it s been interesting to
play with that and the different
ways people look at you and judge
"I am hoping to encourage people
to look a little differently and a bit
deeper, and to be surprised by what
Adelaide s DJ Tripp has created
an electronic score based on
Baroque music to accompany the
performance, and Voorendt says
this adds to the darkness within the
"He s not from the classical
world, so the result is really
exciting. The music is certainly not
pretty, but it s rich and layered."
Restless, founded in 1991 by Sally
Chance and Tania Rose, is the only
integrated dance company of its
kind in Australia.
It has three focuses: a community
workshop program for young
people, a youth ensemble consisting
of young disabled and non-disabled
dancers who perform at least
one major new work a year, and a
touring company of professional
dancers and collaborators.
The company has been lauded for
its performances and also for giving
a means of artistic expression to
young people who may otherwise be
denied a voice.
Necessary Games -- a short
film collaboration with Closer
Productions which features Jianna
Georgiou, one of the stars of Beauty
-- was recently judged the best film
at the Reeldance Australia and New
At last weekend s Australian
Dance Awards, Restless won
the award for Outstanding
Achievement in Youth or
Community Dance for its Bedroom
Dancing performance installation.
Voorendt has worked with
Restless Dance Theatre on and off
since 1997, and has directed 10 of its
"Working with any group of
people requires a dialogue," she
says. "The thing that s really good
is that you find different ways of
"It can be a challenge but it s
a good thing for a director ... it
makes you think about what you are
asking from the dancers. You feel a
heightened sense of individuality."
With artistic director Philip
Channells describing Beauty as
one of the most expressive and
powerful performances Restless
has presented, it seems likely its
Adelaide premiere next month will
lead to a tour.
Voorendt says despite the stun-
ning dancing, costumes and sets, "it
won t be an easy ride".
"There will be images that are
really beautiful, but which have
a depth to them, so it will make
people really look and think.
"If you look and think about
beauty for too long it eventually
brings up thoughts of death,
because ultimately everything
withers and decays.
"Beauty is about these fleeting
moments we long to hang on to and
■ Beauty will be presented at the
Adelaide Festival Centre s Space
Theatre from July 2-10.
Sublimely beautiful: Jianna Georgiou stars in Restless Dance Theatre s latest work.
Photo: Sam Oster
In character, "Sammy
Mavis Jnr" loudly greets
the audience as it enters the
Artspace Gallery and sets
the scene of the first part of
"I was raised in a trailer
park," she boasts in her
southern American drawl
and then belts out a country-
style song about how her
English boyfriend plays up
when she s not around "but
that s OK, because I sleep
Pausing briefly to ask the
audience if it s OK if things
get a bit rude was perhaps
just bluff -- we were about
to be hit with the sexual
euphemism innuendo song
anyway, and we loved it.
Clever, witty and lyrical,
Sammy spares no blushes
and boy she can sing.
Almost before we
have recovered, we are
introduced to Loretta from
Leighton Buzzard Library,
diametrically opposed to
Sammy in almost every way.
Described as a talent-
show wannabe, this pale and
introverted character paints
a sad picture of her life and
introduces us to the book
that changed everything for
her -- the autobiography of
Jordan. The inevitable end
to her dream of becoming a
somebody is both comic and
Sarah-Louise s third
incarnation is a svelte,
dark and mysterious singer
from Paris with a name that
she translated as "frumpy
pigeon" (as opposed to Piaf s
Little Sparrow soubriquet).
She brandished a
stage-prop knife as though
to slash her wrists in pain,
but instead demanded the
help of an audience member
to display the English
translation of her song in
the style of the famous Bob
Dylan video, by holding up
roughly Texta d cards as she
Her dark mood turned to
Franglais as she berated the
English for the words that
have invaded her language
(le weekend, le sandwich, le
HP Sauce) in exchange for
savoir faire, crème brulee
and tete a tete.
As her piece de resistance
neared its climax, the
suicidal tendency reap-
peared, only to vanish as she
realised how invaluable she
could be to the uncultured
Their applause brought
forth the inevitable encore.
Sarah-Louise had once more
produced a character whose
hopes and dreams con-
nected with the audience.
-- Pete Titchener
■ For more Adelaide Cabaret
Festival reviews, visit www.
Sarah-Louise Young as Loretta
Cabaret Whore, Sarah-Louise Young
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