Perth Festival 2014 launch

Trying to write about the 2014 Perth Festival program opening reminds me of when my sister visited the Grand Canyon and sent us an email full of exclamation marks, words like ‘amazing’ and little else. Once something is big enough, it gets hard to explain. Also there was a reaaaallly long speech. For over an hour we were run through an extensive world-class program of must-see art.

I won’t try to run you through it all – there will inevitably be things that grab your personal attention now that the website and program have been released. But here are some of the works that Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway mentioned in his speech as particularly transforming, plus some of my personal picks.

The opening event, always a cracker, will be running for 3 nights, and looks like a must see…

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Life-sized bouncy castle of stone henge. Raaaaaad.

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“Transformative” – You Once Said Yes is a one on one performance where you’ll be lead around your own city, manhandled from one person to the next. Will change your perspective. This one will sell quickly.

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There’s a running theme of games this year as the Festival gets with the 21st Century… Situation Rooms operates like a LARP (Live action role playing game for those not into the lingo) but you don’t interact with other players, your headphones and ipads lead you around while you pass other players doing the same thing.
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Apparently Deca Dance was so transforming that it left our Festival Director temporarily speechless…
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Public enemy!Perth Festival 2014 (13)

Network by Do Ho Suh emitted a squeee of excitement from the visual artist sitting next to me even before we saw the work. An enormous, glittering net on the beach made up of tiny human figures. Ooh.Perth Festival 2014 (14)

Martin Amis is coming for The Writer’s Festival!
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15 actors went around to Joss Whedon’s house and made a critically acclaimed version of Much Ado About Nothing. I’m a Whedon fan so this one had to get a mention.

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And the rest just keeps going and going….

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Author: Lisa Rodrigues

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