Day: May 7, 2018

Russian Opera Singer Sets 2 World Records In St. Petersburg

Soprano sang highest ever note by a human, and also the most notes in a single second. On April 11 Russian vocalist Svetlana Feodulova set two Guinness world records while performing Mozart’s Rondo during the Show Opera concert in Russia’s cultural capital, St. Petersburg. Not only did she belt out the highest note ever recorded by a human, but she also sang 13 notes in one second – nailing another record The singer is no stranger to setting records. In 2010 Feodulova officially became “the highest coloratura soprano in the world.” In 2013 she also participated in the popular Russian TV...

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The Body Labours Sonorously In Foxconn “Frequency (no. 3)” at The PuSh Festival

Kelsey Blair reviews Hong Kong Exile’s Foxconn Frequency (no. 3): For Three Visibly Chinese Performers at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. The laboring body, the radicalized body, and the fluctuating boundary between the visible and invisible body, are all on display in the trio’s piano-electronica symphony: Wearing black pants and white collared shirts, three visibly Chinese performers enter in a line. Each performer sits at an electric keyboard; like a hospital patient in an intensive care unit, the keyboard is hooked up to several contraptions: a computer screen, speakers, a 3D printer. Behind the performers, images–Chinese characters; English words; a live graph;...

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“Mayfly” at The Orange Tree Theatre

The Orange Tree Theatre is a champion of new writing. Under artistic director Paul Miller, the venue has put on plays by excellent new writers such as Alice Birch, Alistair McDowall, Elinor Cook, Brad Birch, Zoe Cooper, Deborah Bruce and Adam Barnard. Key to the encouraging of new voices is the Orange Tree Writers Collective, which helps playwrights develop their talents. One of its graduates is Joe White, whose debut, Mayfly, is a family play that although marketed as “ethereal” is actually much more rooted than that. It also expresses a deep sense of loss. And, with its title in mind, shows how some things can change in...

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Fight Of The Rebel Queen

Theatre Nisha’s Gallantly Fought the Queen took us on a voyage into the life and times of the Rani of Jhansi In the dark auditorium of Alliance Francaise of Madras, a lone figure facing away from the audience begins to sing the first verse of the famous Hindi poem Bundele Harbolon by Subhadhra Kumari Chauhan accompanied by Vishwa Bharath on percussion. A rough translation of which reads, “Thrones shook and tension erupted among the monarchs. Ageing India was experiencing a new wave of youthfulness. The inhabitants had realized the worth of their lost freedom.” Amidst this chaos rose to power...

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