Thursday, June 11, 2015


Join this small group tour with Italian Week producer, Alessandro Sorbello, immerse yourself in the current of sensation for a week of food, wine and culture in Tuscany.
Consider this your invitation to a journey into emotional engagement with the magnificent beauty and culture of one of Italy’s most charming regions.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

TRIM Music Live Performance Brisbane

TRIM Live (Premiata Forneria Marconi) - Impressioni Di Sette

Biographies of Dancers

Boris Bivona

Boris was born in Palermo, where he started dancing at the age of 10. During his first visit to Australia in 1989 he was accepted to the third and last year of the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne. More

Ingrid Cameron

Ingrid has just completed her studies at QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) and has since been in demand as a performer and a dance teacher.

Most recently Ingrid has performed with Ignatians Musical Society in West Side Story as well as Cats during which she was invited to be the dance captain.

In addition to dancing, Ingrid is also modelling and developing her acting skills for screen and theatrical productions.

Ingrid is thrilled to be performing with DADAdance in the premiere of “… Arrivi ...Partenze” and she is currently preparing to travel overseas in order to continue her dancing career.

Joseph Lau

Joseph graduated from the QUT Bachelor of Arts Dance programme and is currently working professionally as both performer and choreographer. Joseph's dancing credits include Fracture, Rumpelstiltskin and Beat Cake for Buzz Dance Theatre; Pearl Fishers and Andrea Chenier for Opera Queensland; and Dance, Dance, Dance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Joseph also conducts dance workshops aimed at children and young people and teaches company and public community classes.

Over the past two years, Joseph traveled on tour in the leading dramatic role with Hidden Dragons for Barking Gecko Theatre Company to sold-out venues in Canada and around Australia including Sydney Opera House; QUT Gardens Theatre, Brisbane; and Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne.

As a strong advocate for dance, Joseph has acted as a board member of Expressions Dance Company, Treasurer of Ausdance (Qld) Inc. and Coordinator of the CRITICAL MASS Independent Dance Collective. He is currently developing Static, a new independent dance theatre piece.

Stephanie Pokoj

Stephanie started dancing at the age of seven, and training in RAD syllabus completing all Grades and other major exams.

In 2004 she graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance).
During her time at QUT Stephanie was privileged to work with many distinguished Australian and International choreographers including, Rosetta Cook, Csaba Buday, Brian Lucus, Maggie Sietsma and Taiwanese choreographer Ming-Shen Ku.

In 2003 Stephanie joined Ballet Theatre of Queensland and danced as a soloist in the productions of “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the Beast”.

Stephanie has spent the last two years in London where she has been furthering her dance training and also started working as a photographic model.

Marika Steward

Marika started dancing at the age of 5 at the Juanita Linnan School of Dance in Gatton, studying ballet, tap and jazz. She has danced in concerts, eisteddofds and performances covering all styles of dance.

Marika has also been a member of Qld Youth Ballet and more recently Ballet Theatre of QLD (BTQ) for several years.

She performed the role of Swanhilda in BTQ’s 2007 production of Coppelia at the Playhouse, QPAC and loved every moment of it.

Marika is curently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance at QLD Univeristy of Technology

Sources of Inspiration for '... Arrivi ...Partenze'

Bruce Charles Chatwin ~ (13 May 1940 - 18 January 1989) was a British novelist and travel writer. He would not have considered being a nomadic writer as a career so much as a way of life, and he had hoped his greatest work would be about nomads. He collected a mass of relevant notes, "mammoth, unpublished," that eventually became part of his work on Australian Aborginines, The Songlines. Anatomy of Restlessness was published in 1997 and is a collection of unpublished essays, articles, short stories, and travel tales. This collection spans the twenty years of Bruce Chatwin's career as a writer.

Rainer Maria Rilke ~ (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) is generally considered the German language's greatest 20th century poet. His haunting images tend to focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety — themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche ~ (October 15, 1844 - August 25, 1900) was a German philosopher. His writing included critiques of religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science. His style of writing was distinctive, displaying a fondness for aphorism and paradox. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism. “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star”

Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in neutral Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1920. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature (poetry, art manifestoes, art theory), theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti war politic through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. The movement influenced later styles, movements, and groups including Surrealism, Pop Art and Fluxus.

Hildegard von Bingen ~ 1098 – September 17, 1179), was a German magistra and later, abbess. Approximately eighty compositions have survived, which is one of the largest repertoires among medieval composers In addition to music, Hildegard also wrote medical, botanical and geological treatises, and she even invented an alternative alphabet. The text of her writing and compositions reveals Hildegard's use of this form of modified medieval Latin, encompassing many invented, conflated and abridged words. Due to her inventions of words for her lyrics and a constructed script, many conlangers look upon her as a medieval precursor.

Jordi Savall i Bernadet ~ (born 1941, in Igualada, Spain) is a Spanish viol player and composer. He has been one of the major figures in the field of early music since the 1970s, largely responsible for bringing the viol (viola da gamba) back to life on the stage. His repertory ranges from Medieval to Renaissance and Baroque music.

In 1974 he formed the ensemble Hespèrion XX (since 2000 as Hespèrion XXI), together with the soprano Montserrat Figueras (his wife), Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith. Hespèrion XX favored a style of interpretation characterised by great musical vitality and at the same time, maximum historical accuracy.

The Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (Catalan for "Red Book of Montserrat") is a collection of late medieval songs. The 14th century manuscript was located at the monastery of Montserrat outside Barcelona in Catalonia.

The manuscript was prepared in approximately 1399. It originally contained 172 double pages, of which 32 have been lost. The title "The Red Book of Montserrat" describes the red binding in which the collection was placed in the nineteenth century. No composer is identified for any of the songs it contains.

The monastery holds the shrine of the Virgin of Montserrat, which was a major site of pilgrimage during the time it was compiled.

Gilbert Bécaud ~ (October 24, 1927 – December 18, 2001) was a French singer, composer and actor, known as Monsieur 100,000 Volts for his energetic performances. His best-known hits are probably "Nathalie" and "Et maintenant".

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an Academy Award-nominated American composer. Glass was born in Baltimore, Maryland as the son of Jewish migrants from Lithuania. His music is frequently described as minimalist, though he prefers the term theater music. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late-20th centuryand is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public (apart from precursors such as Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein), in creating an accessibility not previously recognised by the broader market. Glass is extremely prolific as a composer; he has written ensemble works, operas, symphonies, concertos, film scores and for the piano. He is a strong supporter of the Tibetan cause. In 1987 he co-founded the Tibet House with Columbia University professor Robert Thurman and the actor Richard Gere. Glass lives in New York and in Nova Scotia.

Arvo Pärt ~ (born September 11, 1935 in Paide), is an Estonian composer, often identified with the school of minimalism and more specifically, that of "mystic minimalism" or "sacred minimalism". He is considered a pioneer of this style, along with contemporaries Henryk Górecki and John Tavener. Arvo Pärt is best known for his choral works. Pärt's musical education began at age 7, while he began attending music school in Rakvere (his family lived there at the time) and by 14 or 15 he was writing his own compositions. While studying composition (with teacher Heino Eller) at the Tallinn Conservatory it was said of him that: "he just seemed to shake his sleeves and notes would fall out". There were very few influences from outside the Soviet Union at this time, just a few illegal tapes and scores. Pärt describes some of his music as tintinnabuli - like the ringing of bells. The music is characterised by simple harmonies, often single unadorned notes, or triad chords which form the basis of western harmony. These are reminiscent of ringing bells, hence the name. Tintinnabuli works are rhythmically simple, and do not change tempo. The influence of early music is clear.

The Golden Gate Quartet is the most successful of all of the African-American gospel music groups who sang in the jubilee quartet style. Founded as the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet in Norfolk, Virginia in 1934 by A. C. "Eddie" Griffin, Robert "Peg" Ford, Henry Owens, and Bill Johnson, they began as a traditional jubilee quartet, combining the clever arrangements associated with barbershop quartets with rhythms borrowed from the blues and jazz.


Saint John of the Cross ~ (San Juan de la Cruz) (June 24, 1542 – December 14, 1591) was a major figure in the Catholic Reformation, a Spanish mystic and Carmelite friar born at Fontiveros, a small village near Ávila. He is renowned for his writings; both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. The third work, Ascent of Mount Carmel is a more systematic study of the ascetical endeavour of a soul looking for perfect union.

Dante Alighieri or simply Dante, (May 14/June 13, 1265 – September 13/14, 1321) was an Italian poet from Florence. His greatest work, the Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. The wrathful are purged by walking around in acrid smoke (Cantos XV through XVII). Souls correct themselves by learning how wrath has blinded their vision, impeding their judgment.

António Nogueira de Seabra Pessoa (b. June 13, 1888 in Lisbon, Portugal — d. November 30, 1935 in the same city) was a poet and writer. Critic Harold Bloom referred to him in the book The Western Canon as the most representative poet of the twentieth century, along with Pablo Neruda. Pessoa is unique as an author due to the importance of heteronyms in his writing.

Boris Bivona ~ Director/Choreographeer

Boris was born in Palermo, where he started dancing at the age of 10. During his first visit to Australia in 1989 he was accepted to the third and last year of the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne.

His professional career started in Bordeaux upon being invited by Paolo Bortoluzzi artistic director of the company at the time. In 1992 he was invited as a soloist by London City Ballet where he danced a vast repertoire ranging from Petipa classics to Ashton and Balanchine. Seeking new experiences he then spent several years working as resident dancer as well as guest in numerous theatres and dance companies such as: Wiener Ballet Theater; Narodni Divadlo Brno, Czech Republic; Landestheater Salzburg, Austria; European Ballet, London; Theater Vorpommern Greiswald-Stralsund, Germany. Boris returns to Italy at the end of the nineties to work in co-operation with different State Theatres as well as private companies such as: L’Ensemble of Micha Van Hoecke, The Arena in Verona and the Teatro G. Verdi in Trieste.

During his career has performed in prestigious theatres such as Sadler’s Wells in London, the Arena in Verona and the Teatro Nacional Teresa Carreno in Caracas; Boris has toured extensively through USA, Canada, Carribean and South America and has danced in numerous theatres in Europe and the UK. Moving to Australia in 2000 Boris has co-operated with Queensland Ballet and Queensland Arts Council (QAC) for the production and staging of an education program that has successfully toured in schools throughout Queensland. Boris has also co-produced and staged original works for Woodford Folk Festival and has presented seminars for teachers and cultural operators in universities (QUT) as well as State and private schools.

Since 2002 Boris has been the artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) the State Youth Dance Company in QLD with which he has already staged four new productions at the Playhouse (QPAC) in Brisbane including Pinocchio in 2006. In addition to theatre and arts Boris has a passion for environmental conservation; he has attended anthropology and environmental study courses at University of Queensland (UQ) and he has recently successfully completed a ten day solo trekking in the Australian Alps (NSW).

Jodie-Anne White ~ Choreographer

Jodie was born in Melbourne where she studied classical and contemporary dance, acting and mime; from the very beginning Jodie has won numerous prizes in several disciplines.

Jodie continued her studies with teachers and institutions such as Kathleen Gorham National Theatre, Victorian College of the Arts and National Ballet School in Australia. Before finishing her studies in 1987 Jodie was invited to join the Corp the Ballet of the Australian Ballet where she continued to work till 1991 under the directorship of Maina Gielgud. Jodie took part in tours through China, Japan, Russia, Greece, UK and USA dancing in famous theatres such as The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden London at a Gala in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the II; The Kirov Theatre in Russia as well as The Metropolitan Opera House di New York.

As a soloist Jodie decided to continue her career overseas, first in London and later in Czech Republic and Germany. From 1998 to 2001 Jodie was invited as principal dancer by Balletto del Sud (Lecce, Italy) and by the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Italy. Jodie has worked with famous choreographers such as Kenneth McMillian, Maurice Bejart, Michael Barishnikov and Jiri Kylian. Upon her return to Australia Jodie was invited as ballet mistress by Expressions Dance Company. Jodie has worked in co-operation with Queensland Ballet and Queensland Arts Council (QAC) at the production and staging of an education program which has successfully toured throughout Queensland schools.

Jodie has also co-produced and staged original works for Woodford Folk Festival and has presented seminars for teachers and cultural operators in universities (QUT) as well as State and private schools. Since 2002 Boris has been the artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Queensland (BTQ) the State Youth Dance Company in QLD with which he has already staged four new productions at the Playhouse (QPAC) in Brisbane including Pinocchio in 2006. Jodie combines her passion for dance with theatre and she is currently completing a BA in Theatre and Communication at University of New England (UNE).