2008 Media Release - Camille: Dark Angel
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Issued Monday, 7 January 2008
THE STUDIO AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE PRESENTS
CAMILLE: DARK ANGEL
Presented in association with Spiegeltent International
Raunchy, dangerously fragile …a real star Edinburgh Evening News
a mix of childlike joy and sophisticated temptress, with a voice that in turn cajoles, smoulders and belts out. The Age
a minx with Kate Bush looks and a voice to hypnotise a viper The Guardian
Irish chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan returns to The Studio with a brand new show to kick off The Studio’s 2008 season. Dark Angel will once again see this raven-haired songstress enthral audiences with her stunning voice and passionate, dramatic performance.
With her eclectic and sultry selection of old and new school songs, Camille will interpret the works of Jacques Brel, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler in a performance that is best described as dark, different, confronting and captivating.
Last seen at The Studio in La Fille du Cirque in November 2006, this shining tour de force is often described as a cross between Sally Bowles, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey. Camille returns following five-star sell-out seasons in Edinburgh, Brighton, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Born to a French mother and an Irish father, Camille sings in French, English and German. Reminiscent of the darker, sometimes bitter Kabarett of pre-war Germany, as opposed to the lighter bubbly cabaret of late 20th century America, her stage personality swings from fragile to dangerous, from cheeky to dramatic in a cat and mouse game with the audience.
Raised in Cork, this former award winning architect became absorbed in music whilst living in Berlin as an architecture student. Seeing great cabaret artists like Ute Lemper inspired her to be a performer.
As an actress, Camille co-starred alongside Judi Dench in the Academy Award nominated, Mrs Henderson Presents and appeared in the recent Gate Theatre production of Sweeney Todd. Camille also won the Architectural Association of Ireland Award in 2000 and has exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland as a painter.
Backed by a quintet of local musicians, Camille sings about heaven and hell and everything between with a dangerous satirical edge to every word and movement. Her shows are more about telling a story through music than simply singing songs.
Camille recently received the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe and was named best show at the 2007 Dublin Fringe Festival.
Season Details: Camille - Dark Angel
Dates/Times: Wednesday 6 to Saturday 9 February at 8.15pm and Tuesday 12 to Saturday 16 February at 9.30pm.
Venue: The Studio
Tickets: Fri and Sat tickets: $48 cabaret table, $38 seating bank, $28 concession
Other times: $38/$35/$30. Preview $40/$30/$20
Bookings: +61 2 9250 7777
Duration: 90 minutes