Australia: 2011 Sydney Festival

This looks amazing.

Sexy, funny and physically breathtaking. Time Out, UK

Fresh from its extraordinary success at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Soap, the sexy splash-filled spectacle, will captivate Sydney this summer!

This stunning water-soaked show is set in a bathroom where a series of roll-top bathtubs become the playground for a troupe of extraordinary artists.

Breathtaking acts from contortion to aerial straps, dance trapeze to foot juggling are enhanced by an extravagant soundtrack featuring a live opera-singing Diva and music from Sia, The Doors, Goldfrapp, Nina Simone, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Curtis Mayfield and more.

Soap is a sexy, funny phenomenon which has captivated the hearts of half a million spectators. Bath time will never be the same again – don’t miss it!

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17 thoughts on “Australia: 2011 Sydney Festival

  1. Perhaps its a German thing.

    His smash-hit bath-based concept acrobatic and variety show SOAP opened in Berlin in February 2007 and sold out every performance for 18 months before touring. SOAP reopened in May 2009 for another extended season with a new cast performing new acts created by Markus. In March 2010 SOAP transferred to London for a month and is set to make its Edinburgh Fringe premiere in August.

    … and now the Sydney Festival 2011.

  2. If it isn’t a joke, then the guy is first a fool — he chose to work at McD’s — and then a Muslim.

    Waleed Aly, on the other hand, had no problem with his guests drinking wine as he drank water and tea.

    I don’t think any conclusions can be drawn about multiculturalism, though conclusions may be drawn about the maturity of the people involved.

    Look, Kevin, it just IS multicultural here. Non-multicultural Australia does not exist.

  3. Good for Mr. Aly!

    “Look, Kevin, it just IS multicultural here”

    Yeah, same here. But the best places in America are where the people of all races and religions enjoy the same culture (for lack of a better word, I’ll call it American culture). And the worst and most dangerous places are where multiculturalism exists. Lack of assimilation creates tension, arguments, hate crimes, or worse, civil strife.

    It doesn’t matter if the monoculture changes with the addition of foreigners. What’s important is that it stays a monoculture. For peace. For oneness. For togetherness. Without that monoculture, you’re no more a country than the EU is. Us too.

  4. There has to be accommodation to one another to make multiculturalism work. That means each one of us, except for all agreeing on some core values, giving up our monocultural perspectives, realising there is more than one way to live, dress and behave.

  5. So you don’t believe in freedom of thought then. Everyone in your democracy has to have the same beliefs, think the same thoughts, eat the same food, dress the same way, and generally not rock the boat. Not my idea of democracy for which minority rights and cherishing diversity are axiomatic.

  6. Today Tonight had a surprisingly somewhat balanced piece about the KFC incident that Kevin has been evidently fed from Australian Muslim baiters at:

    http://au.todaytonight.yahoo.com/video#

    The incident apparently occurred at one of the three ‘halal only’ KFC stores on the east coast (the one at Punchbowl) and KFC has made statements that there is an ongoing investigation and that there may have been undue deliberate provocation albeit that the reaction *seems to* have been extreme.

  7. “So you don’t believe in freedom of thought then”

    That’s an incredible leap in logic. Of course it’s ridiculous, but I’m unsure how to respond to it :(. A single culture doesn’t require all members to think the same thoughts, eat the same food, or even dress the same w… ah, you know this though. You’re just saying that crap to be anti-monocultural. I wonder if we were thrown into a room for 15 minutes if I could not break you of your love for keeping people separate through your multicultural beliefs. I think I could, but I’m an optimist. I’ve been wrong before.

    Martin, you’re no better :(. In fact, you’re worse. I was ‘evidently fed’ that video? It’s sad enough that an outfit started in Kentucky now has specialized stores that no longer cater to all creeds. But it’s even sadder when someone asking for bacon can send a man into a rage. And it’s saddest yet when Martin blames the guy who wanted a piece of bacon instead of the aggressor. That’s inexcusable. I withdraw my statement that you are creepy, and replace it with the statement that you are a bad person.

    • “keeping people separate through your multicultural beliefs”

      Say what? Multicuturalisn is about celebrating and sharing our beliefs and valuing our cultural diversity.

      Monoculturalism is the practice of actively preserving a culture to the exclusion of external influences. It should not be confused with a homogenous society, which is one with racial uniformity, but some possible exposure to foreign culture. An example of a homogenous society of this sort would be Japan, where American post-war cultural influence has modified the traditional society to some extent. Iceland; North Korea and Spain under Franco are examples of monoculturalism. Usually a monocultural society exists due to undeveloped communications structures; geographic isolation or political isolation (usually under a totalitarian regime).”

      See also Multiculturalism versus Monoculturalism.

      When we look at examples of where monoculturalism has been a government policy it is never encouraging. We have China’s Cultural Revolution that saw the entire nation wearing the uncomfortable grey Mao suits and the virtual destruction of historical icons; we have Nazi Germany that exploited cultural icons to promote the concept of a master race; and we have the White Australia Policy that imploded in the face of historical and social realities. Each of these was an example of extreme attitudes born from the mistaken attitude that culture can be strictly defined and controlled.

  8. “Say what? Multicuturalisn is about celebrating and sharing our beliefs and valuing our cultural diversity.”

    Sounds great! It’s just not true. Multiculturalism leads to self-imposed segregation. Don’t you guys have chinatowns, little italys, or predominantly muslim areas in your cities? Yes, you do. And we just saw on that video the kind of thing that this multiculturalism causes. Strife, class warfare, perpetually angry muslims, etc.

    Towards the end of your comment, you switch from discussing multiculturalism to discussing multi-racialism. The latter is fine. No one’s debating that. It’s only multiculturalism that I have a (BIIIG) issue with.

    “Monoculturalism is the practice of actively preserving a culture to the exclusion of external influences.
    That’s certainly not what I mean when I speak of monoculturalism. Cultures, American in particular, change all the time with the addition of legal immigrants. Here’s a better definition that I just made up:

    -Monoculturalism is the practice of assimilating all people of one nation into one culture they all can agree upon.

    Tada!

  9. Some of the issues you raise I will take up in a later post, but I will foreshadow the argument which runs from individual identity rather than from any –ism or from the policy end. How many aspects are there to an individual’s identity? How many of them does he or she have to give up when moving to another country? I would argue for a core minimum, freedom consisting in being able to find and express your identity as fully as possible. That could include being a Muslim. It could include wearing religious clothing.

    Assimilation is a bit of a dirty word in Australia, and strongly suggests giving up quite a lot, much of which, such as preserving a foreign language, could be of benefit to the nation as well as to the individual and his or her family. Of course learning English is necessary too for full participation, and by the second generation most people have accomplished that. (I have been long a teacher of English to people of migrant background.) http://neilwhitfield.wordpress.com/

    Our experience here is that “ghettos” usually lose their young people to the community at large. The main exception are areas caught in poverty, but they are here as often as not “Australian” communities rather than migrant ones.

  10. I look forward to your post about it, no joke. I hope you dwell on ‘individual identity’. It’s an extremely important concept. It’s extremely important. I would suggest that it is the fuel that creates human progress. I would further suggest that it is diminished in meaning by multiculturalism, and in that way, multiculturalism destroys individual identity. But we’ll save that for your post on the subject. It’s one that’s dear to my heart and I hope I’m here for it.

    I’m sad that assimilation is as dirty a word to you as multiculturalism is to me. And it’s true that I don’t care about old or worn out languages. The only thing that’s important to me is communication between all. If it means some junk languages have to die for the sake of understanding, then I’m for it. Unless it’s replaced with that Newspeak that you liberals are so fond of.

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