Reviewer: Dale Anninos-Carter
What: Around The World And Beyond
Where: Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide
Presented by: Lumina Vocal Ensemble
Performed in the beautifully crafted Barr Smith Library at the University of Adelaide, Lumina impresses with 20 individual vocalists, singing in 10+ different languages from Russian to Chinese to Welsh, harmoniously as a group.
The natural reverb of the building adds to the ambience, as you relax and soak up the goosebump-evoking vocals and lyrics from around the world. Think eerie cathedral vibes. Amongst the 16 songs, two familiar songs will standout if you’re a Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan.
During the interval (40 minutes into the concert), audience members are invited to join Lumina to rehearse two songs which will be sung shoulder to shoulder after the 20 minute break. Gepracticing in the shower!
As lovely as the performance was, I think you may have to be quite into choir and language to fully appreciate and understand the art, as it can get quite repetitive otherwise. Hint, 90 per cent of the audience were aged 70 and above. 100 minutes is quite the lengthy performance too, so make sure you’re wearing your comfy pair of jeans.
As a 23 year old Fringe-goer, I wouldn’t recommend this show to anyone my age. However, I’m sure grandma Doreen would enjoy a makeshift trip around the world.
Score: vocals = 10, entertainment = 5