Must See! Tablao Flamenco Cordobes in Barcelona, Spain

At Tablao Flamenco Cordobes, a large team unites to bring together an intense show. There are six men (three singers, two guitarists, and one dancer) along with three women (two dancers and one singer). Why do they need so many people? Because each person performs with such passion and energy and they give everything they have for a few minutes before they need a break.

The dancing is so strong and athletic that you almost have to jump back when they stomp. It blows you away. The women are dressed in long, flowing dresses, which makes it even more impressive and visually stunning.

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The musicians are the driving force behind the action with the guitar playing being incredibly quick paced and impressive. The vocal performers are equally as talented as the singing is fierce and emotional that you can’t help but be moved.  In the small intimate space, it’s a truly immersive experience that is absolutely a must see in the heart of Barcelona.

Get tickets for Tablao Flamenco Cordobes now!

Quinn Delaney

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Superb! Maestros de la Guitarra Present the Barcelona Guitar Trio (February 2, 2018)

As you approach the Basilica de Santa Maria de Pi, you will be impressed by the large size of the structure. The concert doesn’t take place in the main room, but rather a small intimate one on the side that has excellent acoustics. The audience fills this room sitting in wooden pews with kneeling benches. The church bell rings nine times to mark the time and then the show begins.

The Barcelona Guitar Trio (Xavier Coll, Manuel González and Luis Robisco) take the stage and immediately launch into a fast paced Spanish guitar song. All three of them playing together creates a blur of quick finger movement and notes that sound beautiful. Next, they each play a song solo showcasing their individual talents.

Besides being talented on guitar, they also have a great sense of humor. Xavier first gives a long intro to a song speaking in Spanish. About one half of the audience laughs at the joke contained within. He then repeats the intro in English and the other half laughs, showing that it is a multilingual audience. Later on, while giving another intro, Luis keeps interrupting him by tuning his guitar loudly. It leads to a very funny back and forth between the two of them and then a melody of fun covers including “Smoke on the Water” and “Mission Impossible”.

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The introductions to the songs and the humor make this far more than just a guitar show. It’s an all around great Barcelona experience! Get tickets for Maestro de la Guitarra now!

Quinn Delaney

 

Fantastic Tour! Delhi By Bike – Heritage Walk

Old Delhi is a crowded and fast paced section of Delhi. The streets are far from a grid system and form a wild maze. There are countless options for food and shopping. It can all seem overwhelming, which is why getting a tour guide is a great idea for this area. If you don’t want to do the bike tours at 6:30am, Delhi By Bike offers a fantastic walking option in the afternoon.

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The tour starts tonight with an early dinner. Our guide, Tenzin, finds us a table in a small restaurant just off a busy street and orders for us. It’s a truly authentic Indian meal. He even cautions us against eating one small part of the meal that may make Westerners ill. After dinner, we wind through the narrow streets and explore Wedding Street, where you can buy all the things you would need for your nuptials. Everything except wedding cards, for which there is another entire street full of shops only selling these.

Later on we turn into an unassuming stairway and climb up five stories. At the top are a bunch more stores, including one selling picture frames. This rooftop also provides a great view of the city. The Iconic Jain temple, Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, is just across the street. Just past this is the incredible Red Fort whose wall stretches into the distance. Also visible is Gurudwara Sri Sisganj Sahib, of which we later explore the inside (it’s like a mini Golden Temple).

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At the end of the tour, our guide hails a rickshaw driver and rides with us back to the metro stop. It turns out we are all heading in the same direction, so he joins us on the metro back to where we are staying. Tenzin was very friendly and very knowledgeable about Old Delhi. In fact, this review only covers a small portion of the many things we saw. It was a nonstop barrage of things to see for three hours.

Book your Heritage Walk Tour with Delhi By Bike now!

Quinn

Excellent! Rudra Experiences Presents Ghunghroo – The Sounds of Yore (28th of January, 2018)

The night begins with a video telling about the origins of Delhi which then leads into the first dance. Between each dance, the video continues with the history of this city all the way up to present day. Different forms of classical Indian dance are performed leading up to the finale, a Bollywood dance. Audience members are invited to join for this one, but only one brave soul joins them on this evening. For each dance, they wear different costumes, and they are all excellent.

Following the show, an authentic Indian Barbecue dinner is presented outside, buffet style. To start, a warm delicious tomato soup with croutons and cream. Then, the main course with fish, lamb, chicken, vegetables, rice, naan, and more. Finally, there are two excellent desserts to cap off a fantastically authentic meal.

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Get tickets now for Ghunghroo!

Quinn Delaney

Bizarre and Hilarious! there will be a climax at The Old Fitz Theatre (January 16, 2018)

The red curtain parts and the song “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” by Dead Or Alive starts to play. Six characters dressed in tuxedos with colorful eye makeup launch into a choreographed dance in front of a golden backdrop. It’s all on a circular stage that is slowly spinning, which matches the song perfectly. It’s quite a sight and the audience really gets into it by clapping, hooting, and hollering. When the song ends, they strike a pose for the applause. However, since the stage is spinning, they have to keep walking to stay at the front of the stage. It’s quite hilarious to watch them fight amongst each other to be in front.

Throughout the show, various objects are thrown on stage. Kale, an air horn, and a blowup suit are just a few of the things they find. For each item, they act like they have never seen one before and they try to figure out what it is and how to use it. Watching one of them stuff all of the kale in her mouth, and then in turn spitting it all out is one the funniest  parts of the show.

Red Line Productions presents There Will Be A Climax

An assorted few are convinced they are stuck on a spinning revolve, in There Will Be A Climax at the Old Fitz Theatre in Sydney, from 9 January to 3 February 2018. CAST: Toby Blome Oliver Crump Duncan Ragg Geneva Schofield Alex Stylianou Contessa Treffone CREATIVE TEAM: Created by: Alexander Berlage & The Company Directed by: Alexander Berlage Produced by: Red Line Productions in partnership with the National Institute of Dramatic Art Set & Costume Design: Nicholas Fry Dramaturg: Alexander Lee-Rekers Lighting Design: Alexander Berlage Sound Design: Katelyn Shaw Choreographer: Toby Derrick There Will Be A Climax was originally presented at The National Institute of Dramatic Art, as part of the 2016 Director’s and Designers Graduating Productions. Photo by Robert Catto, on Monday 8 January, 2018. Please credit & tag the photographer when images are used – @robertcatto on Instagram & Twitter, @robertcattophotographer on Facebook.

It’s a very artistic piece which at times is quite bizarre. Without any dialog, the audience has to pay close attention to figure out what is happening. It’s a production that would work very well in a modern art museum theatre. It does work at The Old Fitz Theatre, which is very small space that fits about 80 people in a room below a bar. However, perhaps because of the location, it seemed like at least half of the audience didn’t understand what was happening. Pay close attention and notice the climax, then the falling action, and resolution. It will pay off with the unexpected and quite interesting ending.

Get tickets now for there will be a climax through February 3rd!

Quinn Delaney

Hilarious! Happy Endings Comedy Club (January 12, 2018)

It was a wildly fun night at Happy Endings last night. The MC of the night, Daniel Townes, was hilarious. “90% of communication is non-verbal, and I reckon neck tattoos prove that.” He had funny comments all night long about the previous comedians and great audience banter. You can find out more about him at http://www.danieltownes.com/.

“This is what is sounds like when someone says something racist.” Says Rowan Thumbar. He then goes on to play the stereotypical Chinese melody on a keyboard. “And this is what that same comment sounds like to someone who is racist.” He then plays a beautiful song and everyone cracks up. It’s a great original bit and he plays many more funny ones to the audience’s delight.

John Cruckshank was also on point tonight. As an electrician, he gives off a cool casual blue collar vibe. “I have a usual after work routine. I go and get a pie and a milk. Then I sit down and say, ‘Fuck this shit!’” He goes on to say that he doesn’t need to turn on the comedy for his standup, his whole life is comedy. And we believe him!

Get tickets now for Happy Endings Comedy Club!

Quinn Delaney

Hilarious! Taking Steps at Ensemble Theatre (January 10, 2018)

Elizabeth is leaving her husband, Roland, after only 3 months of marriage. Her brother, Mark, can’t understand why. He is also unaware that his fiancé, Kitty, wants to leave him. Tristram, filling in for Roland’s lawyer, is very socially awkward. In addition, he keeps hearing noises in the house which he is convinced is a ghost.

All of the play takes place in a three story house that is represented all on one level on stage with slanted railings representing the stairs. When each character takes the stairs, they do a hilarious high stepping silly walk reminiscent of Monty Python. They also poke fun of the setup when Elizabeth dances around and dust falls on Tristram on the level below her. Hilarious things like this continue to happen to Tristram which make him more and more scared.

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The entire cast is fantastic. They all adapt a British accent perfectly and play the characters with great comedic timing, in the great British humour style.

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Catch Taking Steps now through the 13th of January!

Quinn Delaney