|Paul Knobloch makes a point|
The Canberra Critics’ Circle has embarked on a long-planned series of talks this winter at the
and Gallery, who have kindly offered us space for these informal meetings between
critics and arts professionals. Canberra Museum
The “………in conversation with the Canberra Critics’ Circle” sessions are hour-long informal chats held in one of the smaller Museum and Gallery rooms. Initially, the idea is to “inform the critics” and to provide a more cordial atmosphere to exchange views than is usual.
They are not planned as full-blown symposia, though the Critics’ Circle has agreed to stage a symposium on Splinters Theatre of Spectacle later in the year to coincide with the
and Gallery’s Splinters exhibition. Canberra Museum
Our first guest, on July 23, was professional dancer Paul Knobloch, presently a dancer and choreographer at Alonzo King LINES Ballet in
, but previously
a member of the Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Paul was born and educated in San Francisco Canberra and trained
at The Canberra Dance Development Centre and the . Among the many
subjects raised was the question of ageing productively as a dancer. Australian Ballet
Twelve members of the circle took part in this inaugural “conversation.”
The second session, held on July 25, was a conversation with the leading figures in the coming Free Rain Theatre production of “The Phantom of the Opera”— Michael Cormick, who plays The Phantom, Julie Lea Goodwin, who plays Christine, producer Anne Somes and director David Harmon.
Michael has performed in Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals on the West End and in
and can be considered a veteran of the Australian musical there. Julie is a classically-trained
opera singer who has played Christine in the Phantom and Maria in “West Side Story”.
Anne is the director of Free Rain Theatre and David, a recent graduate of NIDA,
has worked on several productions with Opera Australia. Australia
For this session, the critics packed out the CMAG boardroom. A well as our guests from “Phantom”, the circle invited the Canberra Theatre’s programming manager Gill Hugonnet to join in. As the sessions develop, it is hoped to extend more such invitations to professionals in the arts.
At the end of a frank and entertaining conversation, both Julie and the director David commented that meeting critics informally like this was a “first” for them.
|Julie Lea Goodwin|
Future “in conversation” guests will be digital video artist and theatre practitioner Jack Lloyd, film producer Daniel Sanguineti, pianist and music improviser Elaine Loebenstein and art gallery director Barbara McConchie.