THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

Descendance begun producing theatre style performances in the year 2000 with “Spirits of the Soil”, (Bondi Fringe Festival), The show was a mixture, of contemporary, traditional, and collaborative works with Native American Crow Indians “Big Day

Fusions with other cultures continued with “Portal” (Newtown Theatre 2001), “The Lovers” (Sydney Entertainment Centre 2002), “Flamenco Dreaming” (Riverside Theatre 2004-2005), and “Tree Of Life (2004-2008) “,all the works explored the beautiful symmetry shared when cultures collaborate in both dance and live music, the performances included working with such diverse cultures as, Flamenco, Indian, Middle Eastern, Native American, Asian, Eastern European, and African.

The idea of the fusion works begun in the nineties, when artistic director of (Flamenco Dreaming), Jose Calarco and Sean Choolburra (Naroo Dancers) teamed up for “Antipodes” at the Cat & Fiddle Hotel (Sydney Fringe Festival), the show enjoyed a record breaking three month season before moving to Kinselas, and the Metro Theatre, other shows born from the union were “Sing Awake The Lands” and the epic tribute concert “To India With Love” Sydney Town Hall.

The cultural exchanges have been an invaluable learning experience for Descendance, this has helped the artists to grow as entertainers and people, the experiences have broadened there outlook on dance and life.

SING AWAKE THE LANDS -Bondi Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1997

Sing-Awake-The-Land

Possibly one of the finest finales I have seen, barnstorming stuff…Beat Magazine From the four corners of the Earth they came, and the indigenous peoples of the world reclaimed their land and culture. Red Sun Rising, a Native American Indian performance group hailing from five different nations, joined The Naroo Dancers (Aboriginal & Islander), Klare Ku Olga (New Guinea), Flamenco Dreaming, and musicians and dancers from Brazil and Africa. The show was a highlighted by a stunning forty five minute finale with all musicians and dancers on stage. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

TO INDIA WITH LOVE – Sydney Town Hall, 1997

To-India-With-Love

A colourful and abundant serve for all…Daily Telegraph Indian and Aboriginal culture came together for the first time in this critically acclaimed production, as India celebrated its fifty years of freedom, and the Diwali “Coming of the light”. The production was commissioned by the Government of India Tourist office, and produced by Artistic Director Jose Calarco, dancers and singers from all cultures came together to celebrate with the Indian community, the audience was taken on a colourful and uplifting journey of dance, music, and theatre. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

ANTIPODES: FLAMENCO DREAMING – The Metro Theatre, Kinselas, Cat and Fiddle Hotel, Darling Harbour Aqua Theatre 1996-1998

Antipodes

Antipodes belongs to the world not just Australia…Beat Magazine Antipodes was a series of Aboriginal and Flamenco fusion works. The dynamic and rhythmic treble sounds of flamenco, driven by the pulsating bass sounds of the didgeridoo, elevated both audiences and dancers alike at its record breaking season, as two proud cultures created magic together, producing some mesmerising moments, Antipodes was a pioneer work, which was the first of its kind at the time. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

SPIRITS OF THE SOIL – Sydney Fringe Festival 2000

Spirits-Of-The-Soil

Sizzling Spirits in the night…Sydney Morning Herald Spirits of the Soil was a showcase of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal dance in collaboration with Native American Crow Indians “Big Day”, and Multi-Instrumentalist Kim Sanders. The production was a high-energy celebration of both Native Indian, and Aboriginal culture. Spirits of the Soil pushed the boundaries and explored new areas, with exhilarating dance and a selection of exotic live instruments such as the Turkish bagpipes, flutes, saxophone, drums and the unique Kaval, blended the with the passionate didgeridoo playing of Gary Thomas. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

PORTAL – Newtown Theatre, Sydney 2001

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Beauty, energy and passion…Viva Magazine The Aboriginal warrior turns the sky inside out in his quest for truth and enters a portal where his shadow and shimmering spirits guide him through an initiation. Portal is an original dance mythology, where Indian, Flamenco, and Aboriginal dancers meet in the dreamtime, backed with a colourful ensemble of live instruments. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

THE LOVERS – Sydney Entertainment Centre 2002

The-Lovers

A dreamtime story told by the legendary and late Aboriginal actor Bob Mazza, The tale of the Lovers tells us not to be totally absorbed in sensual pleasures, for the aboriginal couple who were so enthralled with each others beauty, missed the coming of Biami (the creator). The Theatrical performance was backed by The Tommy Tycho Orchestra with didgeridoo. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

FLAMENCO DREAMING – Riverside Theatre 2004-2005

Flamenco-Dreaming

After many successful productions in the nineties, the concept of Flamenco Dreaming was reinvented for new audiences at The Sydney Indigenous Festival. This time director Jose Calarco took the collaboration further by having both aboriginal and flamenco performers learning dances from one another, and musicians from both cultures understanding each others rhythms and time signatures. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]

TREE OF LIFE – Various Venues 2004-2008

Tree-Of-Life

Tree Of Life showcased the unity of all humanity as different branches of the same tree. The work was a synergistic collision of cultures with a stirring original orchestral theme. The production paid tribute to the cycles and seasons of nature and creation, how one thing cannot do without the other. Producer Jose Calarco … [Continue reading...]