Category Archives: Kardiavale

I Have Your Heart

Oooooh – Onni and Oskar would SO love this! Whimsical, romantic, dark, macabre, gender-bustin’, great knickers…just flippen beautiful.

Animated film by Jim 
Batt
­  (animator), Molly
 Crabapple (illustrator), and Kim
 Boekbinder (musician).

For more info on the project and merch, visit here.

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Come try and try and try, to resist me…

Ahhhh…Saturday night was rad! Thanks to Mr Cat and the Jackal for allowing us to play, and to Elize for setting it all up.IMG-20111203-00695

Picture this: a blacksmith’s forge, weird ass metal sculptures, low dingy lighting, and a post-industrial apocalyptic vibe. An old truck is parked in the middle of the space, surrounded by old tractors, forklifts, and various odds and sods. Mr Cat and the Jackal are set up on the back of the truck – a thinned down line-up but an array of fascinating (and sometimes handmade) instruments.

 

 

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There’s a fair crowd in – expectant, excited.

 

Mr-Cat-and-the-Jackal-Sins-and-Siren-SongsOskar barks the opening from Kardiavale, which is a flop as a welcome – all the freaks have bailed on him. The audience doesn’t want to play along. The situation is dire. Then Onni brings his attention to the band, and they step forward and save his skin, and the show itself, launching into songs mostly from Sins and Siren Songs, though some older material like “Fresh Meat” also comes out of the freezer.

It’s swampy, sexy, dirty, bluesy time as the band cavort through their repertoire with obvious delight and gusto. They’re tight and range from laid back casual banter to full on devil’s percussion. These are guys on a mission. And they are taking the crowd soul by soul.

Mr Cat at Bijou

Like Tom Waits, they say Mr Cat ain’t for everyone…but you wouldn’t think so tonight. People are getting down and soaking up the atmosphere and the sad, bad, weird, and wacky tales dripping off the back of the truck.

Oskar with Mr Cat and the JackalAnd Oskar and Onni have the best seats in the house – in the wings (behind the  bonnet of the truck), and their own little jam party. They jol through “Try” – a bittersweet love song, where they re-enact the story of Kardiavale in under 4 minutes. (Oskar thinks it’s a much more satisfying ending to the story – this time he rips Onni’s heart out triumphantly…), they set up visuals for “Floods I and II” – the fan/confetti trick to show the storm goes down a…er…storm. They do a quick unplanned for drive-by to “Where’s my Shoes”. And then take on the Protection of Information Bill on “Mothertongue” (including a wild chase around stage with a proliferation of scissors/ garden shears/clippers trying to get at each other’s tongue while the band breaks into all too ominous revelry behind them. (We apologise to the lady who nearly got stabbed by Onni enthusiastically throwing her scissors to the crowd in wild glee. Hope that recovers soon.)

It’s a jol, a lag, a riot…sweaty and happy, the crowd denies the following DJ and calls Mr Cat back for an extended encore.

conspiracy secrecy billGranNy, Ugli, and Skweez take on the Secrecy Bill 

All in all, a great way to end the year for the Conspiracy – we always wanted the band for Kardiavale, but would never have afforded them. But finally, finally, our dream has came true.

Thanks to all who came out to play with us – you guys rock. Keep ‘em peeled for maybe one last Conspiracy thrash: a send off to 2011, and a toasting of 2012 that will have a whole bunch more conspiratorial magic to it. Ssh!

And big ups and love to Mr Cat and the Jackal – here’s their latest vid for “Try”, presently kicking ass on MKTV. Hells yeah.


Bad man a-comin’…

Riddle me this, riddle me that…Oskar and Onni and the fantastic Mr Cat!

That’s right, folks – Kardiāvale meets Mr Cat and the Jackal, and they’re hitting the Bijou tonight, 3 December!

Picture this – the blacksmith’s forge, enough dark corners to hide a conspiracy in,a swathe of fascinating machinery,  a stripped-down Mr Cat and the Jackal line-up pounding and coaxing music and devilish sounds from said machinery with a rhythmic passion…and Oskar and Onni animating some of their songs like a dementedly delicious doo-wop duo.

Onni copy Oskar copy (pics by Bazil Raubach at NAF 2011)

Sound enticing? Absolutely! Wanna be there? Hells yeah!

Then git yourself to The Bijou, 178 Lower Main Road, in Observatory, cos there’s an Open Studio there all day from 11am-10pm. View art, buy stuff, watch stuff…ahhhh, who said Saturdays were losing steam?

Get warmed up for the event, and watch the hell outta this…


Responses to Kardiāvale

Rob Murray and Liezl de Kock in Kardiavale (pic by David Batzofin) Finally collated all media responses to Kardiāvale at the recent National Arts Festival.  Just in time for our upcoming shows at Out the Box! 5th and 6th September, ladies and gentlemen, 5th and 6th September. Check the event here.

“…tight, sharp and funny…original and quirky…While the show is broke-down-carni-playing-a-broken-piano-in-a-yard-behind-a-dilapidated-bar-strewn-with-empty-bottles over-the-top bawdy burlesque, the story it tells is delicate. As delicate as an exposed heart.” Steve Kretzmann, ArtsBlog

“…an endearing combination of pathos and comedy, which guides its audience steadily from an initially uproarious burlesque theme to a more sinister place…heart-rending emotion through the centre of this well-crafted narrative, which deals poignantly with the themes of vulnerability and power.” Anton Krueger, CUE

“…it whizzes along at a pace and the hour that it takes is gone in a flash. The music [played live], the back up track and the lot are perfectly synchronized. Want to see it again. 09/10” – Simon Cooper, Artsblog

And, during the National Schools’ Festival, a number of learners attended an arts’ journalist workshop and as a project reviewed shows…links to a number of Kardiāvale reviews from here: http://schoolfest2011.wordpress.com/reviews-kardiavale/

Bookings should go live at Computicket today.


Kardiāvale Visuals

As we prepare for our participation in the upcoming Out the Box Festival of Puppetry and Visual Performance, check out these visuals for Kardiāvale, collated here for your convenience.  Don’t say we don’t love you!

Here’s the official trailer for the NAF, directed and edited by Michel Malek:

Then, a short irreverent viral teaser made by Daniel Albertse (yep – the Ooh God himself…long time friend and supporter of the Conspiracy):

Here’s another short teaser by the Ooh God:

And finally (for now) a CUE-TV clip produced by Daniel Eslick and Viktoria Marinova after our NAF premiere:

Enjoy, you clowns!  Bookings for Out the Box open soon – keep ‘em peeled…