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The Southern Cross : February 2012
February 2012 Page 11 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross A Mass expected to attract up to 2000 people will be held on February 12 as part of the 2012 Carnevale Italian Festival being held at the Adelaide Showgrounds. "It is an integral part of the Carnevale," says Carnevale Mass co-ordinator Domenico Zollo, also a parishioner of Newton. "Our Italian tradition is based on our Catholic faith and Carnevale is traditionally a religious festival in Italy marking the start of Lent," he says. A procession of religious associations, led by Cathedral Parish priest Father Dean Marin, around the showgrounds will begin at 10am. The Mass will be held in Goydor Pavilion, along Goodwood Rd, and will be concelebrated by Fr Marin and Fr Emilio Vaccaro. For more information on Carnevale events visit www. carnevale-adelaide.com/ When Brisbane-born choreographer of the Adelaide Festival musical Mass was feeling a little homesick, it was a quick visit to the Goodwood Catholic Church which offered her the most familiar comfort. "There is something about a holy space that is familiar and reassuring," says Larissa McGowan, 32. Larissa was born and raised Catholic in the Brisbane suburb of Woolloongabba. She received Catholic schooling up until her senior years at the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. For just over a decade Larissa has been living and dancing in Adelaide with acclaimed contemporary dance company, Australian Dance Theatre. An award-winning dancer, she has performed in 45 venues across Europe, the UK and US in front of 40,000 people. No matter what country or city she's in, Larissa finds comfort and familiarity in a church, or holy place -- the sounds, smells and atmosphere seem to bring her closer to home and her loved ones. "It doesn't matter what religion, I'll go into any church." She says she found in the church a sense of belonging and of knowing those present with her are there for the same reasons: "to seek help or guidance, to be loved and to be understood". Larissa's most recent connection to church is the massive Bernstein musical, Mass, soon to be staged in Adelaide on March 9 and 10 at the Festival Theatre. Larissa has been invited to choreograph the major dance sequences of Mass, which includes over 200 actors, singers and dancers. Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write a religious piece by Jackie Kennedy, widow of former President John F. Kennedy -- also the only Catholic US President, for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts. Bernstein created a massive production including Latin, Hebrew and English text, and opera, rock ballads and blues, folk and jazz to explore the crisis in faith and the cultural and spiritual breakdown of the post-Kennedy era. In January, Larissa helped audition and cast the dancer roles from 20 aspiring local contemporary dancers and is looking forward to opening night. The cast includes a large contingent of local talent. "It's such an interesting insight into the Catholic tradition," she says. In 2003, Larissa won the Green Room Award for best female dancer and went on to claim multiple awards in 2004, including best female dancer in a ballet or dance work at the Helpmann Awards, and an Australian Dance Award for outstanding performances by a female dancer. She has performed her own choreographed pieces at the SALA and Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and, in 2008 was appointed ADT assistant choreographer. Guest choreographer on two seasons of the Australian television series, "So You Think You Can Dance", Larissa is currently working on her own contemporary dance piece called "Skeleton", which is to premiere in Adelaide in 2013. Mass is presented by the Adelaide Festival and the State Opera of South Australia in association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. For bookings visit www. adelaidefestival.com.au or BASS 131 246. news | In step with her faith By Rebecca DiGirolamo DANCE: Catholic born and raised dancer Larissa McGowan is choreographing the major dance sequences of Leonard Bernstein's controversial and massive production Mass opening at the Festival Theatre in March. Photo: Nat Rogers The jury of the Australian Catholic Film Office (ACFO) has awarded its 2011 Film of the Year to Jim Loach's Oranges and Sunshine. This film tells the story of a Nottingham social worker, Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), who almost singlehandedly confronted the UK Government on its relocation scheme that forcibly moved more than 130,000 children from the UK to other countries between the 1940s and the 1970s. More than 7,000 so-called "degenerate" and "unfit" children, who were in the protection of the UK social services, were shipped to Australia. Jury chair Fr Richard Leonard said one of the most remarkable aspects of the movie was that it treated these events with a complete lack of sensationalism, giving the movie great power. "The jury felt that while the film is rightly critical of the way often Church-run institutions, orphanages and schools in Australia were complicit in the terrible injustices done to these children, we also believe it throws light on the damage done to innocent victims, the devastating consequences for some, and the possible healing for others. Things to which the Catholic Church in Australia is, now, totally committed," Fr Leonard said. Full story http://mediablog. catholic.org.au/?p=500 Film of the Year Carnevale time CTC is associated with the Department of Theology at Flinders University and teaches its degrees. We invite you to deepen the understanding you have of your faith. You can undertake study for credit or simply sit in on topics as an audit student. Audit fee is $250 per topic Possible audit topics for Semester 1 include: Interpreting the New Testament; Faith and Revelation; Reformation Church History; Introduction to Liturgy; Quest for the Spirit: Exploring Theology and the Arts; and many others. 2012 Semester lecture dates: 27th February---8th June; 23rd July---2nd November COMINGSOON --- inTerm2&3: T Adult Education sessions on a range of theology topics will be advertised in the March Issue of the Southern Cross --- watch for this advert. 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