Friday, 13 August 2010

Melbourne's Got Talent: The Burton Club Open Mic Night

Hoopnotized - our resident zombie hula hoopers
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) will throw open the stage to local performers one of its most popular weekly events - the Burton Club - when it becomes an 'open mic' night on Thursday 9 September, 2010.

ACMI is seeking talent in all areas of performance and art to take part in the live entertainment evening which coincides with the late opening of Tim Burton: The Exhibition on Thursdays until 10pm.

ACMI's Screen Events programmer Listetta Moscardo is excited about what ACMI might uncover. "Tim Burton's work inspires creativity in fans of all ages so we'd love to see some of that enthusiasm and talent by inviting involvement at one of ACMI's Burton Club evenings," she said. "We're prepared to till the soil of Melbourne and see what we can unearth!"

The popular Burton Club has been drawing crowds of up to 1000 people per week, offering a welcome weeknight option to view this blockbuster exhibition. The Burton Club alone is free to attend and allows visitors to relax with fellow exhibition-goers in an environment decked out in Burton-inspired décor while enjoying a drink and the live performances from 6pm.

Past performers at the Club have included Mariachi Los Románticos with their Mexican-style celebration of the dead, carnivalesque sextet The Tiger and Me, Ensemble Las Medusas (formerly Croque Monsieur), the toe-tapping Johnnie and the Johnnie Johnnies, DJ Phil Ransom, sword-swallower Baroness Micsha, Zombie hoola-hoopers Hoopnotised, performance artists The Newly Deads and scary skeletons courtesy of the Snuff Puppets.

The open mic night on Thursday 9 September will be hosted by cheeky performance duo The Town Bikes, with tunes provided by DJ Emma Peel.

Applications from all forms of performance and art are encouraged, as are performers and artists of all ages and skill levels. In order to receive applications as diverse as possible, ACMI has placed minimal parameters around involvement with stipulations including; the act be shorter than 15 minutes, have minimal audio-visual requirements, have no water, fire or animals involved and perhaps most importantly, the act must be Burtonesque!

Original work in music, DJ's, VJ's, dance, theatre, performance art, spoken word, comedy, poetry, magic, circus, impersonators, cartoonists and even fashion parades are all encouraged.

Taking part in the Burton Club is voluntary but there will be rewards for the most Burtonesque acts on the night.

To apply, simply email Examples of performances can be submitted on video via URL or photos can be emailed (no larger than 2mb), but this is not essential.

ACMI's online gallery illustrates the distinct flavour of the Burton Club. Visit the Flickr page here.

Tim Burton: The Exhibition is on at ACMI now until 10 October and is open 10am to 6pm daily and on Thursday's ACMI hosts the Burton Club from 6pm to 10pm. A full program of acts be found on the ACMI website here.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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