Painting with human beings

first_imgNewsBreaking newsLifestyleEntertainmentPainting with human beingsBy Eric Fitzgerald – June 12, 2014 819 NoFit State circus bring their stunning and captivating show Bianco to Limerick Culture Factory this week. Limerick Post spoke to its creator Firenza Guidi.BIANCO by NoFit State contemporary circus is the next headline event at the Culture Factory for Limerick’s City of Culture year. Bianco is a performance combining traditional circus skills, high wire, trapeze and aerial straps with live music and theatre to create a wonderful experience for grown ups and children of 7 years and older.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This is a circus with no ringmaster, no clowns and no animals. Directed by Firenza Guidi, Bianco was inspired by the book The Elephant’s Journey by José Saramago, a tale of adventure and friendship. Limerick Post listened to Firenza last week to get her insights into what makes Bianco such a compelling and emotionally engaging performance.Firenza GuidiMilan-born Firenza Guidi is writer-director and performance creator. Trained as a performer/singer with international masters including Dario Fo, Philippe Gaulier, Ludwig Flaszen, Enrique Pardo, Ida Kelarova and as an actress at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff where she regularly directs and teaches. She is Artistic Director of ELAN founded with David Murray in 1989. She has spent the last fifteen years directing and creating performances in Wales, Europe, USA and India.What is Bianco?“Putting together a show like this is like painting with human beings. When people ask me, What is the narrative? I say fasten your seat belts and just fly.”What can the audience expect?“For Bianco I very much wanted the audience to own the centre stage. If you are in the centre, what you have to do is 360 degree turns to see the show. Carnally the audience are very close to the performers. They don’t know where the next thing is coming from. Every single bit of the show is revealed in front of your eyes, which is magical. For every single bit of rigging, there are no motors. The performers are counterweights. If there is one human coming down then there is another going up.The music is an integral part of the show?“If Bianco the show is the machinery then the music is the fuel. The music creates a different quality in each scene. It is the heartbeat of Bianco, it goes from a really simple voice with just a piano to tribal drumming to rock. It really takes you on a journey from east to west from Gregorian chanting to a New York underground club.What do you look for in a circus performer?“I really like a circus performer that has a thinking quality. Very often it is about training, training, training the body the muscles to be an aerialist. I want a performer to be time based, to be filmic, to be Quentin Tarantino-esque. You are not coming to see green leotards and feathers where everyone dresses the same. You are coming to see performers who are first of all human beings.”Sum up Bianco?“I tried to create a piece that looks improvised but it is not. There is an edge and an honesty to the performance. What you see is what you get. It is weaving the ordinary into the extraordinary. Bianco is energising and empowering and the audience will go out from the show Alive.” Advertisement Email Facebook Previous articleHorslips to play LimerickNext articleA new alliance in Limerick to push the old agenda Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog www.musiclimerick.com where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond.center_img Twitter Linkedin Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Enterprise forecasts £100m supply chain network

first_imgEnterprise Foods says it is set to create a £100 million turnover local supply network, sourcing craft bread on behalf of retail and foodservice giants.The Scottish company is working with the UK’s number one convenience retailer and a foodservice supplier, believed to be Compass, on the new business. It turned over £23m in 2006, MD John McCormick told British Baker.He commented: “The sad thing is that if you look into the bakery market, the craft side is declining, because product is not being presented properly. We can present the craft baker as a solution, not just a difficult animal to deal with.”The East Kilbride-based company acts as a third party, he explained, putting requests from its big customers through to the most appropriate craft baker in the local area. It uses electronic systems to invoice on the bakers’ behalf.The company has now technically appraised 200 craft bakers from all around the UK, to create a register of craft bakers suitable to supply big operators.McCormick said: “Bakery is a small part of the big customers’ overall spend, but it tends to be difficult to deal with; you end up with hundreds of different suppliers around the UK. With this system, we manage fresh bakery products for them, putting them in touch with local suppliers of genuine craft bread.”Enterprise formerly owned bakery businesses California Cake Company and Campbell’s Cake Company but sold to Finsbury Food Group in 2005. The company also sold off its Patisserie UK division, in a management buyout last year, to focus on the supply chain business.Enterprise’ sales were £27 million for the year to 1 July, 2006, with pre-tax profits at £270,000.last_img read more

Trumpet and coffee in hand

first_imgCapping his lauded Harvard lectureship, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” musician Wynton Marsalis visited the Phillips Brooks House Friday morning for an intimate conversation about his hometown of New Orleans.Marsalis, a bit tired after the previous night’s sixth and final presentation, “New Orleans: The Birth of Jazz,” was nonetheless spirited, with trumpet in one hand, coffee in the other.Introduced by an admiring Gene Corbin, assistant dean of student life for public service, and former Class of 1955 Executive Director of the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA), Marsalis was joined by Jonathan Walton, Pusey Minister and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Erin Drake ’14, and Tom Wooten, a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, each with a New Orleans story to tell.Drake spoke about the allure of that city as a girl growing up in Nashville. She visited for the first time when she was 14, with her mother and aunt. “I felt cool,” she recalled. “I had French beignets. I went to the French Quarter … and even though I’d never been there before, I felt connected to it.” Her aunt’s death during Drake’s freshman year reconnected her with memories of the city, and when she returned that year with PBHA, a student-run, public service organization, she felt embraced by the community.“I felt at peace for the first time in months,” she said, “and I think that speaks to the spirit of that place. Even if you don’t belong to it, even if you spend a week there, you feel different. You feel changed.”Wooten agreed, testifying to the neighborliness of New Orleans residents and their passion for living in the moment, which he witnessed firsthand while researching and writing his book “We Shall Not Be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina,” which follows the recovery efforts of five hurricane-damaged neighborhoods.Walton, an Atlanta native, drew laughs when he discussed his “love-hate relationship with New Orleans.” As a college student, he’d travel to that city for weekend fun. “I admit, I don’t remember too much about these trips,” he quipped. “That was before Jesus came into my life.”In teaching his class “African American Religions: An Introduction,” Walton said New Orleans figures prominently as the intersection of religion and culture. “You had the French, Spanish, in contact with the many African peoples,” he said, “and it created this beautiful gumbo of contradictions.”Marsalis expounded on those contradictions, acknowledging the warmth and deep religious traditions of the city’s residents, but also the crime. He cited the spellbinding music and culture in the area, and also the occasional ignorance.“We’re hot-tempered; we fight all the time,” he said. “But we’re playful too.”The personal and approachable Marsalis told stories about his family members, everything from their penchant for personifying the inanimate (“that chair, yeah, he’s been sitting there for a long time”) to growing up in a highly “dysfunctional” family with an autistic brother. He spoke about becoming more popular than his father, pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., in drawing people out to gigs as a youngster, raking in $100 for a gig while his father would earn only $40.“I saw him suffer,” because of the rise of popular music, which Marsalis would play at his gigs, “because that’s what people wanted to hear.”Toward the end of the talk, Marsalis picked up his trumpet for a song, accompanied by improvisational percussion from the audience.It was no surprise that time ran over once Marsalis started riffing. “Southerners are great storytellers,” said Corbin.And when an audience member, herself a New Orleans native, asked Marsalis how he preferred his red beans, Marsalis luxuriated in her accent. “That’s New Orleans right there,” he told the crowd. “Keep talking.”last_img read more

Guyana Govt expresses condolences on passing of former T&T President

first_imgThe Ministry of the Presidency has conveyed on behalf of the President, Government and people of Guyana, its deepest condolences to the President, Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, on the passing of former President, Professor George Maxwell Richards.Guyana, along with the people of Trinidad and Caricom, mourns the loss of a distinguished son, who, during his two terms as President, helped to advance the cause of the integration movement.A chemical engineer and Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Professor Richards will be remembered for, among other things, his renowned contributions that lifted the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI), to international standards.News reports out of Trinidad stated that 86-year-old Richards passed away at the West Shore Medical Centre on Monday night. Richards served as President of Trinidad and Tobago from March 7, 2003 to March 17, 2013. According to the T&T Newsday newspaper, he was a former principal of the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus. He was married to Dr Jean Ramjohn Richards and had two children, Maxine and Mark.Reacting to the news of Richards’ passing, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young extended deepest condolences to Richards’ family on behalf of the Government and his own family’s behalf.“Our prayers are with the family,” Young said. “We thank him and his family for his many years of service.”T&T’s Opposition Chief Whip David Lee extended the Opposition’s condolences to Richards’ family. Lee said it was “sad and ironic” that earlier in the day, Government and the Opposition co-signed the nomination paper for retired Court of Appeal Judge Paula Mae Weekes to become T&T’s next President. He said it was with “a heavy heart” that the country was learning of Richards’ passing. Lee said Richards served his country in good standing as President and in academia.last_img read more

Barracuda bites: Dylan Gambrell won’t be long for AHL

first_imgDylan Gambrell will get his turn. Stay patient.As the Sharks await Joe Thornton’s return from injured reserve, they recalled Gambrell from the Barracuda Monday to serve as an emergency forward on team’s three-game road trip to Nashville, Carolina and Anaheim.With three goals and five points in three games, Gambrell’s AHL performance is sparking calls for his immediate insertion into the Sharks lineup. Barring injury, though, he isn’t likely to see game action on this trip.The reasons are …last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers at Washington: 5 questions with Post reporter

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Here is what Washington Post reporter Les Carpenter said of Sunday’s 49ers visit to Washington:Question: Why did Bill Callahan’s succession of Jay Gruden immediately produce a win, or was this more about the winless opponent?Carpenter: The easiest answer to this is to say the Redskins were playing a team ranked last in the league in almost every meaningful category. That said, they still almost blew the game and won only because Miami’s coach, Brian Flores, went for two …last_img

Gallery: Nelson Mandela meets Bafana Bafana

first_imgPhotographs courtesy the Nelson Mandela Foundation.*Wearing the number 4 captain’s shirt, statesman and former president Nelson Mandela met Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, in Johannesburg on 3 June to wish the team success in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Read the full story Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.  Nelson Mandela and Bafana Bafana.• Download high-resolution image Mandela with defender Matthew Booth …• Download high-resolution image with midfielder Steven Pienaar …• Download high-resolution image midfielder Teko Modise …• Download high-resolution image goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune …• Download high-resolution image and midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala.• Download high-resolution image*Note: These photographs are copyrighted to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. They may not be archived or sold on. MORE GALLERIESlast_img read more

Financial Times and Brand South Africa Roundtable: “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”

first_imgMinister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa will deliver the keynote address as well as participate in the panel discussions.The panel will explore future solutions as well as engage and discuss green issues under the theme “Building A Green Economy”.Panelists, from l to r: Bheki Sibiya, Parks Tau and Steve Lennon.Brand South Africa wishes to see these conversations translating into action on climate change. In turn, this will assist in improving South Africa’s image as a country that facilitates and leads debates on issues that impact the future sustainability, development and economy of the country in the first instance and the continent and beyond.This thought leadership engagement between government and business leaders will include;Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and SALGA CEO, Parks Tau; Executive Director of Resources & Strategy at Eskom, Dr. Steve Lennon and Chief Executive Officer: Chamber of Mines, Bheki Sibiya.Financial Times Special Report: South Africa and the Green Economylast_img read more

Celebrating the legacy of Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Brand South Africa mourns the passing of Mama Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela-Mandela, who succumbed to a long illness on Monday 2 April 2018, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg.Born in Bizana in the Eastern Cape in 1936‚ Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela- Mandela, fondly known as Mama Winnie, was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She moved to Johannesburg from the Eastern Cape in Bizana to study social work and in 1957 she met the lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela and they were married a year later.As a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, she held several government positions, including Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. A member of the African National Congress (ANC) political party, she served on the ANC’s National Executive Committee and headed its Women’s League.Madikizela-Mandela retained popular support within the ANC over the years and was known to her supporters as the “Mother of the Nation”.Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela expressed his sadness saying “It is truly with great sadness to have lost the Mother of the Nation. We are forever grateful for the role she played in securing our freedom. We indeed need to celebrate her legacy.”“Winnie Mandela was a target of massive disinformation by STRATCOM, an Apartheid smear campaign machinery, yet she remained true to the ethos of the liberation struggle. Long live the Republic”; further adds Dr Makhubela.Mandela family spokesman‚ Victor Dlamini said, “The Mandela family are deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing, we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman”.“As the national government we have declared that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will have a national funeral on 14 April,” said President Cyril Ramaphosa while addressing mourners outside Madikizela-Mandela’s home in Soweto.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile: +27 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Organic checkoff proposal period extended

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson hailed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to extend the proposal period for the organic checkoff.“We are very pleased that USDA is accepting additional viewpoints from the organic community,” Johnson said. “We believe it is in the best interest of organic family farmers and the future success and effectiveness of their checkoff that as many viewpoints and proposals as possible be solicited.”USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service initially received the proposal for an organic research and promotion program on May 12, 2015. The initial deadline for alternative or partial proposals was June 19, 2015; the deadline has now been extended to July 20, 2015.Johnson noted that since this is a rather complex checkoff, farmers need additional time to review and submit proposals. And given the fact that for most organic farmers this is a very busy time of the year, the additional time is greatly appreciated.“We are very pleased that USDA responded positively to our request for an extension, and we look forward to submitting a supplemental proposal that best serves the nation’s organic family farmers and ranchers, as well as organic consumers,” Johnson said.last_img read more