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David Chisholm

  • Venue: Piano Bar
  • When: Mon 27 Feb 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Genre: Music Theatre / Opera / Cabaret
  • Main Audience: All Ages
  • Producer: Sarah Greentree
  • No. in touring party: 13


A Faustian burlesque for string quintet, sampled fairground organs and four ‘alter egos’.

Revival is a darkly comic musical work that collides early 20th century vaudeville with the legend of Faust in a high-paced, semi-narrative work in ten scenes.

Blazing through a series of stock situations, devices and archetypes, it follows the rise, fall, re-ascension and eventual immortalisation of Broadway ingénue Dorothy Days. Dorothy signs with devilish agent Bea Bubb in order to be assured of the lead role of Medusa in a revival of an old musical, called Revival. Eliminating all barriers in increasingly radical and violent means, Dorothy’s ultimate fate is sealed when she is transformed into a virtual product doomed to repeat and repeat her Revival role forever.

Three time Green Room Award winning composer David Chisholm has developed this work with an enviable cast of celebrated cabaret 'alters': Meow Meow, Yana Alana, Tina Del Twist and Mikelangelo, plus the musical talents of Nic Synot and the Silo Quartet.

David Chisholm

David has an international composing practice defined through diverse and hybrid collaboration. His awards include Channel Ten National Young Achiever of the Year, three Green Room Awards, a Special mention in the X Media Forum, 31st International Film Festival in Moscow, Medibank Private State and National Arts Awards and a French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award.

David’s work has appeared in settings as diverse as the Venice Biennale, Edinburgh Festival, Moscow Museum of Art, Danscenen Copenhagen and Australian Centre for Photography. His music has been performed and recorded by groups including International Contemporary Ensemble, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Latitude 37 with Richard Haynes, The Australian Ballet/Sonic Art Ensemble, and a long list of Australian and international soloists.

In October 2011 his work KURSK: An Oratorio Requiem premiered in the 2011 Melbourne International Arts Festival. Following this, David is undertaking a residence at the Bundanon Trust to commence a music-theatre adaptation of British playwright Mark Ravenhill’s The Experiment.

David is a graduate of the Cranlana Program Colloquia on ethics, values and leadership. From 2003 to 2006 he taught genre theory at cross-disciplinary Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts. With BalletLab he was part of the inaugural company in residence programme at EMPAC (NY). He is the only Australian composer accepted in the Camargo Foundation residency programme in Cassis, France and the first composer in residence at Centre Intermondes, La Rochelle.

Photo: Michael Parry


Sarah Greentree
Producer, Performing Lines
5/245 Chalmers Street
Redfern NSW 2016