What is your favourite swear word?
What are you wearing?
Billions of bacteria and a few grams of body hair.
What is love?
A complex neurochemical and hormonal process.
What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
Hofesh Shechter’s Sun. I don’t believe in a rating system for art.
Is your new show going to be any good?
You be the judge.
Garry Stewart’s new work Choreography, presented as part of NIDA Student Productions.
Show dates: 21 – 28 Oct, 2014
Show venue: Carriageworks
Images from a few 2013 stand-outs: A Sign Of The Times, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All My Sons, Hamlet, Empire: Terror On The High Seas, Hay Fever, Bodytorque.Technique, Waiting For Godot.
This is a wrap up of special moments since the commencement of Suzy Goes See in April 2013. A personal selection from over 100 productions seen in Sydney. Thank you to artists, companies, publicists and punters who have supported Suzy Goes See in 2013. I cannot wait for more shenanigans with you in the new year!
Update: Click here for the Best Of 2014 list.
♥ Avant Garde Angels
The bravest and most creative experimental works in 2013.
♥ Quirky Questers
The most unusual and colourful characters to appear on our stages in 2013.
♥ Design Doyennes
Outstanding visual design in 2013. Fabulous lights, sets and costumes.
♥ Darlings Of Dance
Breathtaking brilliance in the dance space of 2013.
♥ Musical Marvels
Outstanding performers in cabaret and musicals in 2013.
♥ Second Fiddle Superstars
Scene-stealers of 2013 in supporting roles.
♥ Champs Of Comedy
The cleverest, sharpest, and funniest performances of 2013.
♥ Daredevils Of Drama
Bold and excellent acting in dramatic roles in 2013.
♥ Wise With Words
The most interesting and intelligent scripts of 2013.
♥ Directorial Dominance
The most impressive work in direction for 2013.
♥ Shows Of The Year
Nice coincidence to have different genres represented: drama, musical, dance, comedy and cabaret.
♥ Suzy’s Special Soft Spot
For an exceptional work I saw in Melbourne.
Best of 2018 | Best of 2017 | Best of 2016 | Best of 2015 | Best Of 2014
Venue: Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay (Sydney NSW), May 16 – 18, 2013
Choreographer: Garry Stewart
Music: Luke Smiles
This re-construction of the classical Giselle delivers an incredible amount of punch and excitement, leaving its audience on a high as though it had witnessed an action movie in the flesh, rather than a work created from the deconstruction of ballet.
One could argue that the star of the show is composer Smiles, whose music overwhelms and guides the viewer through the hour long performance, providing logic and narrative to the dancers’ work. Less effective is the massive electronic screen, which spouts words throughout, supposedly complementing the choreography in some way, but is actually both ugly and distracting.
Stewart’s choreography is intriguing and captivating. The pace of the work is urgently energetic, but he also provides variety throughout to prevent any moments of monotony. The incessant procession of bodies only ever entering stage right, and their frequently breathtaking super-human feats make this a real spectacle of a performance, but in the end, the beauty of its dance still breaks through and touches. What remains is sublime.