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CROWD FAVOURITE PERFORMANCES TOP NINE INTERVIEWS - PART 2!

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Published: 22/10/2020 4:00pm

From what started with almost 500 entries from all across the world, we are now down to our Final Nine of YOUR favourite performances in CROWD FAVOURITE PERFORMANCES!

If you haven't yet made your vote in our final round, watch all of their performances HERE and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE.

Voting will close TOMORROW - Friday, October 23 at 11pm AEDT. 

The four Winners of the Audience Awards will be announced next week, Tuesday October 27th at 11am AEDT along with the four winners of our Jury Awards!

We caught up with our NINE FINALISTS to hear more about their pieces, themselves, and why they entered our online competition:

Below, we have included interviews with four of our nine finalists, with Part 1 of this article being released earlier this week, including our interviews with the other five. Head HERE to read Part 1.

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP: NEXART PERCUSSION

Spain, Artistic Percussion and Dance Company. 

NEXART PERCUSSIONWhy did you decide to perform and send in this particular piece for Sydney Eisteddfod’s Crowd Favourite Performances?

Due to the situation generated by Covid-19, we have had to look for alternatives online to be able to participate and show our artistic proposal. We were very surprised to see that there was this Festival that ventured to make an online exhibition of artistic pieces where we could participate. We didn't think twice, we decided to present our proposal. Finally, we have had the great luck of being one of the 33 selected.

Who has been your biggest inspiration when it comes to performing?

We are inspired by different artists, our performance is something particular and enjoys the fusion of different artistic disciplines.

When we talk about dance and staging our main inspiration is the Royal Family, Beyoncé and Les Twins.

If we refer to the musical level, one of our great influences continues to being Beyoncé, Ilè Aiyê and all the different cultures where percussion is the protagonist (Hindu, African, Morocco, Latin...)

Do you have any performance goals and dreams for the future?

Our goal as a company is to be able to travel the world taking our shows to national and international street arts, music and dance festivals... We want to show our passion for the artistic disciplines like music or dance and breaking schemes, seeking new limits, and surprising all kinds of audiences. 

What would winning a prize in Crowd Favourite Performances mean to you?

If we manage to win a prize, it will give us strength and motivation to continue with the company's path. And on the other hand, the most important thing: it will make us stronger, the assembled piece was rehearsed during the quarantine, showing us that we are capable of overcoming any adversity if we stick together as a team, using passion and illusion as common ground.

Would you enter another online virtual competition in 2021?

Of course, it seems to us a great initiative to keep artistic companies alive by allowing them to show their proposals. It is a way of continuing to give visibility to what we do.

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO: Khachaturian Violin Concerto: I Allegro Con Fermezza - Harry

Australia, 15 years. 

Harry Wang

Why did you decide to perform and send in this particular piece for Sydney Eisteddfod’s Crowd Favourite Performances?

I decided to perform the 1st movement of the Khachaturian Violin Concerto for Sydney Eisteddfod’s Crowd Favourite Performances as its energetic and forceful character has brought me immense excitement both practicing and performing it during this difficult quarantine and Covid-19 period. I hope that it brings the same energy and excitement towards the viewers too!

What/who has been your biggest inspiration when it comes to performing?

I have always enjoyed the atmosphere and excitement when it comes to performing in a big hall. The feeling of hearing your sound project  bounce back off the walls in the hall has been one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to performing. I also enjoy concerts from great soloists such as Ray Chen, Itzhak Perlman and Hefeitz which have inspired me to continue to practice hard and perform the music I love. 

How have you managed to stay motivated towards your goals during this uncertain year?

 During this uncertain and unfortunate year, the quarantine period has provided me with a large amount of time to practice and truly work on my technical aspects of my instrument. This has helped me to stay motivated towards my goals, as well as this, competitions such as Sydney Eisteddfod’s ‘Crowd Favourite Performances’ have encouraged me to practice hard and share my passion for music with the public online.

 After Crowd Favourite Performances, would you be interested in taking part in our annual live Festival, Sydney Eisteddfod AS WELL AS an online competition, when we resume in 2021? 

I will definitely like to take part in the annual live Festival when Sydney Eisteddfod resumes in 2021 as I enjoy both performing live and recording myself to express my musical ideas to the audience and general public. The experience gathered from practicing for these competitions is unobtainable in any other way.

Any advice for young people who are still deciding whether they should enter Sydney Eisteddfod when entries open for 2021?

...Practice hard and enjoy the music, music is here to inspire and entertain us. Yes, we need to practice hard, but we also need to enjoy and experience the ideas within the music which these great composers have written down to entertain us and symbolise certain thoughts/events throughout history.

DANCE: Rescue: Brooke Henderson Dance Studios

Australia, Dance Group.

Brooke Henderson Dance Studios

(Questions have been answered on the dancers behalf by their teacher, Brooke Henderson).

Why did you decide to perform and send in this particular piece?

We didn't have the opportunity to perform our groups at competitions due to Covid, so I decided to have a big film day with Jake Percey to provide my students with a unique performing opportunity.

When we saw your online competition advertised we didn't hesitate to send in one of our videos. We chose this particular routine after putting a poll on our social media of which group we should submit.

Do you have any performance goals and dreams for the future?

My goal is to inspire and nurture my students and to continue to ignite their passion for dance

What would winning a prize in Crowd Favourite Performances mean to you?
 
It would be a wonderful thing for my students to celebrate in a year that has been very difficult and challenging.
 
Any advice for young people who are deciding whether to enter Sydney Eisteddfod when entries open for 2021?
 
My advice would be that any stage experience is a very important part of your dance training and it certainly prepared me for the dance industry, both on and off the stage.
 
Have you learnt or gained anything from your experience performing in our annual Festival?
 
Our students have learned resilience, they have gained confidence and determination.
CONTEMPORARY SINGING: A Quiet Thing - Siobhan Lynch

Australia, 20 years.

Siobhan Lynch

Why did you decide to perform and send in this particular piece for Sydney Eisteddfod’s Crowd Favourite Performances? 

I chose ‘A Quiet Thing’ because I think the message that the lyrics portray are relevant to our current situation living in an uncertain world. The simplicity of the lyrics reminds us that it is the simple things that are most important in life and should be appreciated. And the music is so beautiful and tranquil which offered an outlet of creativity and relief during this stressful time.

What/who has been your biggest inspiration when it comes to performing?

 I have grown up in a household of music, song and dance. Both my parents were professional classical dancers and also had a passion for song and music and so that passion was instilled in me. I am so very grateful that my parents have supported and encouraged my endeavours and goals in the performing arts.   

How have you managed to stay motivated towards your goals during this uncertain year?

This year has been very challenging, presenting many obstacles. The way I have kept motivated throughout this year has been to fill my time learning new skills, improving old ones and furthering my knowledge of both myself and where I would like to direct my energy towards. 

What would winning a prize in Crowd Favourite Performances mean to you?

Winning this prize would help me on many levels. Obviously with COVID, performance opportunities have been difficult and would help to reaffirm that persisting with the performing arts is still valued within our current environment.

Any advice for young people who are deciding whether they should enter Sydney Eisteddfod when entries open for 2021?

I would say that performing from a place of true authenticity is one of the most honest and valued traits as an artist. Every performance is an opportunity to grow and question your sense of self as an artist, to question what your truth is and how you want to share this through the medium of music, dance and drama.

So when entering a competition like Sydney Eisteddfod, view it as an opportunity to further yourself, rather than competing against others.

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If you haven't yet made your vote in our final round, watch all of their performances as well as the other fIve finalists HERE and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE.

Voting will close TOMORROW - Friday, October 23 at 11pm AEDT. 

Good luck to all!