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Nightsongs - La Mama Theatre

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A romantic song cycle about darkness and the soul
Nightsongs composed by Natasha Moszenin opens at La Mama's temporary pop-up theatre at the Victorian Trades Hall for a short season from 16-19 August 2018.

Nightsongs, La Mama, Victorian Trades Hall, Carlton, music, Natasha Moszenin, Anxiety
Lara Vocisano and Natasha Moszenin performing 'Nightsongs' photo by Dan A'Vard


This 60-minute performance features sixteen songs about the experience of darkness in all its forms. From dark stories about migration 'From the Shadows' (Lyrics: Leo Taylor) to experiencing anxiety and depression 'Hello Anxiety' and insomnia 'Sleep Waiting' (Lyrics: Antonietta Morbillo), this song cycle exposes how the quiet of 'night' is a place where memories, feelings and emotions can swell, erupt and haunt.

Nightsongs, La Mama, Victorian Trades Hall, Carlton, music, Natasha Moszenin, Anxiety
Claire Nicholls, Jai Luke and Lara Vocisano performing 'Nightsongs' at Trades Hall Carlton- photo by Dan A'Vard


The stage is set with three performers (Lara Vocisano, Claire Nicholls and Jai Luke), a keyboard, and accompanist (Natasha Moszenin) without costumes or props. The stripped back design allows the audience to focus on the stories, the characters and the music. Despite some of the dark content about abandonment, violence and abuse, the musical experience for the audience is a soothing and meditative balm. There is also 'light relief' amongst the darkness with comedic songs like 'Detox Queen' (Lyrics: Natasha Moszenin) about the quest for perfection through 'gluten-free', 'paleo' and 'keto' diet regimes.

Nightsongs, La Mama, Victorian Trades Hall, Carlton, music, Natasha Moszenin, Anxiety
Nightsongs at Trades Hall Carlton- photo by Dan A'Vard


The score showcases Natasha Moszenin's exceptional composition, songwriting and musicianship, using a range of musical styles for the voice inspired by jazz to classical, romantic, with a touch of cabaret, Bauhaus, leider, and operetta.

Natasha successfully created and produced two seasons of The Insomnia Project
(2014, 2015) and A Sleepless Cabaret (2016) and is currently studying music only through Berklee College of Music. All Natasha's shows are available to tour and you can find out more from her website natashamoszenin.com/

If you or someone you know hasanxiety or depression, Beyond Blue has many online resources to assist you. You can also call 1300 224 636, for a chat or go to their website for more information.
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Why? A musical reflection of life stories in song
When: Thu & Sat 6.30pm, Fri 8.30pm, Sun 2.00pm & 4.30pm
Phone: 03 9347 6948
Where: Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1
Cost: $20.00 - $30.00
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