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Baggage Claims is a one hour spoken and musical work, to quote from its playbill, “of klezmer tales, unlucky men, swollen hearts, the burdens of anxiety and doing one’s bit”. It crosses borders: personal/political, historical/theatrical, prosaic/poetic, conflict/reconciliation, truth-telling/myth-making. The accompanying music Russell Goldflam plays with his klezmer band Rusty & the Infidels elaborates and embroiders the text, framing the stories in a cultural context and amplifying their emotional pull.
I have lived in Mparntwe/Alice Springs for most of my life, having chosen to move beyond the pale of the Perth Jewish community I grew up in. About twenty years ago a couple of my musical mates talked me into forming a klezmer outfit: Rusty & the Infidels we called ourselves. In our on-stage schtick I’d boast about being the only Jew in the band. Over the years, between pieces, I started to tell bits and pieces of stories about my background: the trip to Australia, fragments of family myth, childhood memories… Eventually, the bits of schtick started to stick together and grew into Baggage Claims, which has been performed to the delight of audiences in Alice Springs, Adelaide and Darwin, now complete with screened images to illustrate the stories.
Duration: 1 hour with no interval
About the collective
Following their sell-out season of Baggage Claims in Darwin in 2020, long-time Mparntwe/Alice Springs clarinettist Russell ‘Rusty’ Goldflam, for whom music was therapy for the rigours of his former day-job as a legal aid lawyer, is joined once again by three extraordinary musicians, Netanela Mizrahi, Marg Collins and Amelia Noble. Netanela (violin) is a Darwin-based musician, composer, educator, music therapist and, fittingly, a klezmer virtuoso. Multi-instrumentalist Marg (piano accordion) has been a staple of the Alice Springs music scene for decades and was a founding member of Rusty & The Infidels, over 15 years ago. Amelia (cello) is a member of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and a legal aid lawyer.
Brown's Mart Theatre
Ticket price $15.00 - $25.00
RestrictionsContains themes of death & grief References mental illness, suicide or self harm References violence or domestic violence This show is family friendly
• Licensed Venue
• Wheelchair Accessible
• Offer gender neutral toilets
• Have a fully accessible public toilet that is unlocked
• Access to the smoking and bar areas are wheelchair friendly
• Accessible by public transport
• Car park suitable for wheelchair transportation available within 2 minutes of the venue entrance
• Signage is clear, large and easy to read
• Assistance dogs welcome
• Seating options are available in all spaces
• Railing is used where appropriate (stairs and toilets etc)