Posted by Cecile Lucas, January 16th, 2018
Interview by our Associate Producer Zainab Syed
It’s been a year since Cecile and I joined Performing Lines – the first time I met her, she offered me home-made dehydrated orange slices. Since then, there’s been seeded crackers, capsicum hummus, gluten-dairy-free cake, apricot and cranberry chocolate, onion balls…and the list goes on. All of them, home-made. This woman has a way with food (James, you’re a lucky man!) but also with hearts – as I have witnessed in the past year. As we looked back on the year: the incredible people we’ve met, the artists and presenters we’ve worked with, the audiences that have left us feeling fulfilled and how we’ve grown through it all – I wanted to know more about this kick-ass Marketing Coordinator/Office buddy whose french, fashion style and food are always on point. So we sat down for a coffee, here’s how the conversation unfolded:
Often it is our earliest experiences that shape how we live our lives, can you tell me about the community you were a part of growing up and how that shaped your path?
I grew up in the French countryside, in the tiny Breton village of Quily, home to 300 people. Even though it was small, there was a lot happening there and a real sense of community. It was a safe place where kids could wonder around and play in the surrounding forests all day. The whole village lived and breathed through the only primary school where everyone was welcome to come and share their passion. As a result, we were gifted with a smorgasbord of workshops facilitated by parents and community members, including drama and music classes, parquetry, bread making, sailing, rock climbing, etc. It was a normal part of growing up, discovering and exploring our creativity. This is what shaped my desire to work in a creative field shared with the community.
How did you first get involved in the Performing Arts?
As far back as I can remember, Performing Arts, and more specifically Theatre, has always been part of my life. As a young thespian, I featured in so many productions from plays in my parents lounge room, to the big time on the school stage. Critics were in awe, until I left my village, and had to perform for strangers who were not so fawning, and took the wind out of my sails. I was forced to admit that my acting skills were not so great (laughs), but I always loved Theatre, and knew I wanted to continue in some capacity. As a child, I used to attend a Theatre festival each year, and when I was old enough, I volunteered there and knew instantly I had found my niche. Within a couple of years, I was producing my own productions for the festival, and it was so much fun.
Cecile (far left) featuring in the highly-acclaimed production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1986.
What made you switch from pursuing a career as an artist to a career in Marketing and arts management?
After high-school, I went to Quimper Arts School where I studied fine arts for five years. I learned so much, from photography to sculpture, graphic design and installation art. Unfortunately, they did not teach anything about communication and how to market and sell our art afterwards. Although I loved it, I could not really see myself embracing a career as an artist. However, I got excited every time I listened to my classmates or artists talk about their project and the background or story behind it. I realised that communication is intrinsic to the success of a project, and without good publicity, could be misinterpreted or never make it off the ground in the first place. It was then I decided to add another major in Marketing and Communication, where I also learned the secrets of good project management.
When did you come to Australia and what brought you here, oceans away from home?
I came to Australia in 2009 as a way to spice up my life with a new adventure, and improve my English (this is what I told my parents so they would let me go!). Living and working in a foreign country was on my bucket list. I did not have any plans when I arrived here, but I quickly fell in love with the long sandy beaches and the people. Australians are very friendly, and everywhere I went I felt welcome. I traveled all around Australia and this was the best year of my life (so far!). It was on one of these long sandy beaches that I met my partner, and nine years later…here I am, freshly married!
In the 9 years that you have been here, you spent four in Port Headland – how did you end up there and what was the experience like?
Although in my memory I met my partner on a long sandy beach, in reality it was on a rocky foreshore in Port Hedland (laughs).
Port Hedland was supposed to be just another stop on my journey around Australia to refuel my bank account before heading to the Kimberley. Despite the seemingly bleak landscape as I entered town, I quickly uncovered the true beauty of the place, hidden in people’s hearts. I met some amazing friends there, including my partner. A few months after, I started work at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre run by the local Council, and within a few weeks I was offered a permanent job within the council as their Events Marketing Officer. I loved my job so much because it put me in touch with a lot of community groups and organisations in town, nurturing my passion for small communities.
Even today when I mention that I lived in Port Hedland for four years, I get a wide eyed “really?” from people, until I tell them how wonderful and warm the people are up North.
You told me, had it not been for the different opportunities you had in the past 8 years you would not be here, at Performing Lines WA, today. Can you tell me more about your work with CAN and how that brought you to us?
Coming to a new country, and looking for a job in your field can sometimes feel a bit daunting, especially when it’s not your language (remember I said I came to Australia to improve my English). While there is a lot of competition in the big cities, in my experience work is more accessible in regional towns. My job at the Matt Dann Cultural Centre gave me a foot in the door, and the chance to meet and liaise with a lot of people and arts organisations around Australia. By the time I moved to Perth, and applied for the job at Community Arts Network, I had a better understanding of the Arts here in Australia. Working at CAN was such a wonderful experience as I got to work on so many projects with small communities around the South West. After two years working as a project coordinator for CAN, I couldn’t resist going back to my first love- performing arts, and joined the team here at Performing Lines WA, that I knew through my time in Port Hedland.
You have had such deep and meaningful engagement with communities that are quite small – from the community you grew up in France, to Regional WA. What has the experience been like? What do you find to be some of the challenges and benefits of creating and promoting art in small communities as opposed to metro areas?
Here in the city, you know you have a large arts crowd, and custom arts venues, so presenting shows can be fairly easy. Delivering shows to regional communities from the city can be harder because it’s faceless, and you are only liaising with the venue. For example, you can have a knock-out show in the city that for whatever reasons doesn’t hit off in the region. Working in the community makes it easier as you can rely on your advocates for support and to help you reach the right people. Working in small communities can also be more rewarding when you get a successful turn out, and you can really sense the audiences’ engagement.
Has Motherhood changed the way you perceive art, your role in the arts, arts for children? Do you take your daughter to shows? Have any been particularly memorable?
It’s actually the other way round. Before I became a mother, I used to take my nieces and nephews out, so I was already excited for the days to come where I would be able to bring my kids to shows and make sure their life is filled with creativity and arts. My daughter is only young (2 years old) but she has already seen a few shows, including Sensorium Theatre’s undersea production Oddysea. I was particularly excited about this one. It is such a beautiful show for young children and their family. My daughter also loves to dance, so I can’t wait to take her to see contemporary dance shows.
Now, almost a year on, what has it been like working at Performing Lines WA with a kick-ass all women team + Thom?
It has been a fantastic yet very challenging experience so far. Fantastic because I love our cosmopolitan team, the projects we produce and the artists we work with. Challenging because it took me a couple of months to get my head around Who’s Who in the industry, and also because Performing Lines raises the bar so high, I want to make sure I always strive for the best.
Posted by Cecile Lucas, January 16th, 2018
Skimming through the festival brochures and deciding which shows to go and see this season is always an exciting, yet daunting exercise for me. Exciting because I want to see as many shows as I can (afford), and daunting because what if I come away disappointed? But isn’t Art meant to challenge and provoke you anyway?
Embracing the weird and following my instinct, here is a taste of what my 2018 festival season will look like:
TOP PICK: Damien Jalet – Vessel |1 – 4 March
Haunting and ravishing at the same time, Vessel is everything I like in dance: it’s theatrical, intense and visually captivating! This spectacular new work by Belgian Choreographer Damien Jalet and Japanese sculptor Kohei Nawa explores motifs like death, re-birth, and the sacred, informed by Japanese and Balinese myths. A glimpse at the 48 second trailer had me sold, and begging for more. I love how the near-naked bodies move and merge on that stage filled with water, forming mutant creatures. Truly unmissable, Vessel is one contemporary dance piece that I am aching to see. Tickets are almost sold out as we speak, so jump on it NOW! Get tickets>
(Second) TOP Pick: The Second Woman by Nat Randall | 3 – 4 March
This was Thom’s top pick, and his enthusiasm for this work was so infectious, it had me hooked instantly. This piece gathers all the components that I love in a contemporary performance: it’s bold, it’s brave, it’s exhausting. Enough said or I will have to push and shove to grab a seat! (Tickets are only $10, and ONLY available at the door). More info>
DJUKI MALA | 28 Jan – 25 Feb
They are BACK!!! Terrific and energetic, Yolngu dance ensemble DJUKI MALA has caused a stir in festivals and venues around the world with their highly charged performances fusing modern and traditional dance, and I am not going to miss them this time! What started as a Youtube sensation 10 years ago with their unique take on Zorba the Greek, is now a powerful story of evolution and cross-cultural celebration. It’s cheeky, playful and feel-good for anyone to enjoy, young and old, so why not take a friend or the family for a fantastic night out. Get tickets>
Cerita Anak from Polyglot Theatre & Papermoon Puppet Theatre |23 – 25 FEBRUARY – (SOLD OUT!)
A story about refugees and the perilous journeys they take to find a better life away from their loved ones, Cerita Anak (child’s story) is a powerful and inspiring tale brought to us by Melbourne’s Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre. In this interactive show, youngsters and their adults are invited to jump on a large-scale boat and as passengers, be swept away by puppetry, song, shadow imagery and sound. Unfortunately, tickets are already sold out for this stunning piece, but you can subscribe to the waitlist online and pray for more to become available.
Oedipus Schmoedipus by Post | 8 – 10 MARCH (Mandurah Performing Arts Centre)
Why not venture off the beaten track, and have a look at what venues outside Perth have on offer this season? With Oedipus Schmoedipus, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre proves once again that contemporary theatre is not exclusive to capital cities. Fed up with white men staging the deaths of white men in plays written by white men, the white ladies of Post have pirated the classics and hands them back in one bloody mess, with a new cast of 25 local volunteers each time. EOI are now open for anyone brave enough to join in. Would you dare? …I think I might 😊. More info>
Posted by Thom Smyth, December 12th, 2017
The results of our annual industry poll are in, and it was a close and mixed one this year. We asked the below respondents to: let us know what their favourite shows were; to nominate a company or artist to look out for in 2018; and let us know their pick for a show commission.
And the winner is…Co3 Australia for their show The Zone! This super-physical new work by Raewyn Hill combined movement, live music and a stunning design from architect Satoshi Okada. Honourable mentions to Roslyn Oades’ Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday (toured by Performing Lines) and Perth Festival’s stunning 2017 opening event Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak.
We’ve got a tie for artists to watch out for! The joint winners are: Perennial favourites The Last Great Hunt, and the WA Youth Theatre Company under newly appointed Executive Producer James Berlyn.
NAME: Graeme Watson | Editor, Out in Perth
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Clearest Light by Christopher Hill, presented as part of the WA Ballet’s Quarry Season. Hill is a super talented, choreographer and musician, This piece was foreboding, dark and mesmerizing.
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Lady Eats Apple – I had huge expectations for this show from Back to Back Theatre, it didn’t disappoint, I think I slipped into a trance during this show.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Renegade Productions Unveiled: Gay Sex for Endtimes – I saw it a week ago and I’m still laughing.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Cougar Morrison – his Fringe World shows are always amazing, but he’s been perfecting the art of drag throughout the year, and giving stunning performances.
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: clearly we need some shows about dual citizenship
Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday | Image by Amy Brown
NAME: Mitchell Whelan | Independent Artist
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Gabriels by Richard Nelson at PIAF – 9 hours of ‘hard core naturalism’ at it’s finest
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday by Roslyn Oades, produced by Performing Lines at MPAC – Just so beautiful, and heartfelt
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Price Tag by Jeffrey Jay Fowler – I laughed, I screamed, I bought a cheap delicious beer after the show
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Rhiannon Walker, designer of Once We Lived here @ The Blue Room; Frieda Lee, performer in The Advisors by Last Great Hunt and a Black Swan Emerging Writer; Liz Newell, Playwright of Toast @ The Blue Room
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: FUCK TRUMP; “gender is a construct, tear it apart” – Sasha Velour; Russia is rounding up and killing gay men
NAME: Joanna Trilling | Producer, ABC News
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Complicite & Simon McBurney – The Encounter at Perth Festival: This incredible feat of story-telling took us on a journey into the Amazon jungle – it was an astonishing technical feat.
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Barking Gecko Theatre Company – Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories: I’d heard so many wonderful things about this production having missed it’s first run so expectations were high -it didn’t dissapoint. Bravo Barking Gecko for delivering this delightful, gem of a show.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: CO3, Raewyn Hill The Zone – Raewyn’s hard-hitting, physical choreography combined with Eden Mulholland live music, Mark Howett’s lighting and Satoshi Okada’s set created a mesmerising work.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: The Last Great Hunt and James Berlyn (WAYTCo)
Boorna Waanginy | Image by Toni Wilkinson
NAME: Alex Desebrock | Lead Artist, Maybe ( ) Together
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak – Perth Festival – just stunning, and timely. Such an massive experience by Perth locals talking about necessary things, with magic, science and heart.
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Aeon by Lz Dunn, presented by PICA Perry Lakes and produced by Performing Lines – I had a magic experience doing this. Walking through WA bush and swarming with strangers. Loved its simplicity.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Fantasy Light Yoga by Deep Soulful Sweats – those girls know how to get people moving. This was the second time I’ve done their work and it always amazes me that everyone participates, embodying their star sign. Hilarious, joyous and a work out!
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: I missed the PRVCY showing at PICA and am interested to see how this evolves….sounds hot. Am also super excited by High Tide and Fremantle Festival and how this is going to evolve! Shout out to Open Lid Ensemble for Hypatia this year too – look forward to seeing what’s next.
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Anything getting people with differing perspectives connecting in the same room. Anything with two sides (indigenous and non, young and old, left and right, etc: bring it!)
NAME: Terri-ann White | Director, UWA Publishing
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Strut Dance/One Flat Thing, Reproduced A masterpiece of alfresco intensity and future projections for crack dancers
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Roslyn Oades/Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday Such exquisite theatre-making and performance
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Perth Festival/ Boorna Waanginy: the Trees Speak/Kings Park Opening Event Transformative
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Strut Dance
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Beauty and love in our difficult era
NAME: Mararo Wangai | Independent Aritst
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Gregory Maqoma: Exit/Exist
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Hart – She Said Theatre
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Laika: A Staged Radio Play by Second Chance Theatre
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Innua Ellams
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Borders
The Advisors | Image by Daniel James Grant
NAME: Paul Selwyn Norton | Director, Strut Dance
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Betroffenheit – Kidd Pivot – Perth Festival
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: One Flat Thing, Reproduced – William Forsythe – STRUT Dance
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: The Advisors – The Last Great Hunt
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: WAYtco
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Moral Leadership
NAME: Anna Reece | Head of Programming, Perth Festival
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Gabriel’s, The Public Theatre, Perth Festival 2017. Sharing this show with good friends and strangers for a whole day at Subiaco Theatre Centre reminded me of how extraordinarily powerful and touching simple, bare bones theatre can be. Made me weep with happiness and despair and this crazy old world.
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: My Robot – last show out of the gates for Barking Gecko in 2017 was a serious showcase of the best of the West from performance & design through to the genius behind the lovable Robot.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Oddysea – Sensorium Theatre. Such a treat to be able to enter the extraordinary tactile world Sensorium create for young people with special needs in their amazing underwater dome.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Arielle Gray – a lead artist for the Last Great Hunt’s equally brilliant and adorable New Owner, her performance as the gutsy young adventurer in Barking Gecko’s My Robot was outstanding and currently in development for a new site-specific work in a hotel. 2018 is the year for AG I reckon!
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Contemporary Indigenous stories
NAME: Sean Walsh | Producer, The Last Great Hunt
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Deanna Flesher/ Butt Kapinski
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: The Last Great Hunt/ BALI
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: The Kabuki Drop/ BLINK – Ok I didn’t see much this year, but it was good (for a play I was in!)
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: The Last Great Hunt – more great stuff on the way in 2018!
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Social impact of the dual speed economy – the widening gap between rich and poor in Australia
Good Little Soldier | Image by Peter Tea
NAME: Sarah McNeill | Arts Editor, POST Newspapers
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Lighthouse Girl/ Black Swan State theatre Co. A beautifully realised local story. Moving. Heartfelt
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Master Class/ Amanda Muggleton. A true master class in performance
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Good Little Soldier/ Ochre Dance company
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Ochre Dance co
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: sexual predators!
NAME: Frances Barbe | Senior Lecturer, WAAPA
PERFORMANCE PICK: Co 3 – The Zone
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: WAAPA Bachelor of Performing Arts – Performance Making graduates!
NAME: Sharon Custers | General Manager, Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Encounter – Complicite
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: The Arrival – SPPT
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: It’s Dark Outside – The Last Great Hunt
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: The Last Great Hunt
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: What it means to be a young person growing up in the digital age
NAME: Anna Kosky | Producer, Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Producer, Perth Festival
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak. An amazing local collaboration of scale
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Wardarnji: Fremantle Festival Opening. A beautiful simple dance and singing celebration of Noongar culture.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Betroffenheit. a show that hit you in the guts and left you reeling for days.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: City of Fremantle I think are doing really exciting things in the arts sector and I think there is heaps of interesting things to come out of the programs down there.
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Post-Weinstein world and the normalisation of sexism and misogyny in our everyday lives.
NAME: Philippa Maughan | Director of Investment, Country Arts WA
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: The Zone by Co3. The meeting of contemporary dance & architecture with the dancers having to overcome barriers simply to enter & exit the stage made for an exciting evening of dance
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Good Little Soldier by Ochre Dance – an excellent merging of dance & storytelling about a compelling subject by an impressive ensemble of actors, dancers & creatives
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Sista Girl – State Theatre of SA & Yirra Yaakin – terrific to hear two voices and a scenario not often heard on our stages in a tight production
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Spare Parts Puppet Theatre – if The Rules of Summer indicate a change in tone for the company, then more please!
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Joy
NAME: Ryan Taaffe | Executive Officer, Circuitwest
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Co3 & The Farm – Frank Enstein
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: The Last Great Hunt – Bali
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Small Voices Louder – Maybe ( ) Together, produced by Performing Lines WA.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Western Sky Theatre
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: When did empathy evaporate?
Lady Eats Apple | Image by Jeff Busby
NAME: Jay Emmanuel | Artistic Director, St Georges Cathedral
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Lady Eats Apple (Back to Back Theatre) The epic is set against the every day in this incredibly moving and profound production. Presented by Perth Festival.
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Nautilus by Trygve Wakenshaw & Presented by Fringe World. He is a star of physical comedy. Catch him at Sydney Festival in 2018!
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday By Roslyn Oades. A cross generational performance that puts us in touch with our humanity. It is heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Julia Hales, Ziggy Ramo, Kevin Wangai, Daisy Sanders, Maddie Kate, Liam Colgan, Ochre Contemporary Dance Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company’s incredible 2018 program
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Works that explore intercultural conversations.
NAME: Julian Hobba | Executive Director, The Blue Room Theatre
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Side Pony Productions & The Last Great Hunt – The Irresistible | Devised work that was rich, economical, evocative and aesthetically moreish!
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: The Kabuki Drop – Blink | A beautifully spare and refined production of a text-based play
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Renegade Productions – Unveiling: Gay Sex for Endtimes | A brave and grounded post-dramatic work that crossed from theatre into art
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: FUGUE | Maiden Voyage Theatre Company
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: the disconnection of our social tissue
NAME: Leigh Hill | Journalist, Out in Perth
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: Arteries By Ancestry – Fugue
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Hypatia – The Open Lid Ensemble
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: Mache: Home – Gendermess
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: Gendermess
Coma Land | Image by Philip Gostelow
NAME: Fiona de Garis | Senior Producer, Performing Lines WA
PERFORMANCE PICK #1: This Little Light of Mine (Proximity Festival Program C) / Rachael Dease in Proximity Festival – possibly my favourite Proximity show so far. Beautifully judged framework for a deeply personal and transformative experience
PERFORMANCE PICK #2: Coma Land / Will O’Mahony Black Swan State Theatre Company and Performing Lines WA – OK, OK, totally biased on this one, but just as in love with this story of love and letting go after seeing it onstage as I was when I first read the script.
PERFORMANCE PICK #3: The Zone / Co3 – I could have watched the dancers being sucked in and out of the walls all night. Great to see the company in full flight on the mainstage.
ARTIST/COMPANY TO WATCH IN 2018?: WA Youth Theatre Company – exciting things ahead for WAYTCo with James Berlyn and Carmel McKie at the helm.
2018 COMMISSION TOPIC?: Happiness
Posted by Thom Smyth, December 9th, 2017
We’ve got a new news section coming up for you over the next few weeks as we head into all the festival craziness of Fringe and Perth Festival.
Each week, the team will let you in on what they’re looking forward to from the hundreds of shows on offer. And we’re kicking it off with Thom’s hot tips – he’s in town to work with Sensorium Theatre on their new show Whoosh! and has been perusing the programs for these winners. Check em out!
Here at Performing Lines WA, we’ve all got our own stuff that we’re particularly passionate about. I’m all about queer and experimental performance, movement, political work that challenges us to be better, and stuff that makes you go “I don’t what I just watched but holy crap that was ace”. Here’s a few of the things that jumped out as super-exciting for your eyes, ears and brains.
TOP PICK – Nat Randall and Anna Breckon’s The Second Woman | 3 – 4 March
Hnnnnnng!! Nat Randall’s gruelling 24-hour endurance performance, coupled with stunning live cinema work by Anna Breckon and EO Gill, is by far the most amazing thing I’ve seen in ages. I went in to Bay 20 at Carriageworks aiming to check it out for about an hour…I emerged five and a half hours later completely blown away, thrilled, repulsed and charged up with that ‘woooah I just saw something life altering’ buzz. Do it. Hot tip – bring a cushion if you’re in for the long haul at PICA. Tickets on the door. More info>>
Betty Grumble – Love & Anger | 5 – 11 Feb
If you haven’t experienced this womanifesto from the undisputed queen of Sydney’s queer party scene, you really should think about rectifying that situation. It’s the call to arms and sparkler up the butt we need in these dark times. Get tickets>>
Dance North & Lucy Guerin Inc – Attractor | 8 – 10 Feb
Gideon Obarzanek (formerly of Chunky Move) and Lucy Guerin are legends. Here they team up with Australia’s current hottest dance company Dance North and Indonesian noise rockers Senyawa to create a hypnotic, cathartic dance ritual. You can also register to be part of the action on stage. Get tickets>>
Hot Brown Honey | 8 – 25 Feb
Perth, it’s finally your chance to decolonise and moisturise! Hot Brown Honey is a political force that demands your attention and will spur you to action. Led by the inimitable Busty Beatz and Linda Catalano and featuring a host of legends including Ghenoa Gela and Perth’s very own Ofa Fotu, the show has rocked venues around Australia and the world. I caught it at the Opera House earlier this year and it’s a big, bold, joyous middle finger to the straight old white guys ruining the world. Get tickets>>
The Blue Room Theatre – MicroMove | 13 – 17 Feb
A mini-festival of new contemporary dance works by some of Perth’s most exciting choreographers and dance makers. Enough said really. Get tickets>>
Supple Fox – Siren Song | 9 – 18 Feb
The hit of Dark Mofo this year, Siren Song put banks of speakers either side of the Derwent and on key buildings, with song marking dawn and dusk each day. Cannot wait to see and hear how it transforms the CBD here. More info>>
Gravity & Other Myths – A Simple Space | 27 Jan – 11 Feb
Insanely talented performers doing incredible tricks with no nonsense. It’s impossible not to be impressed by this gang. We toured this show in 2015 and 2016 – now they’re taking over the world, performing across the US, Europe and Asia. Check out this festival hit before they head to APAM. Get tickets>>
Julia Croft – Power Ballad | 27 Jan – 3 Feb
Last year’s Summer Nights hit If There’s Not Dancing At The Revolution, I’m Not Coming was a treat, fusing pop culture and cinema references to create a bold, exciting, feminist call to arms. Power Ballad throws karaoke, live art and linguistic anarchism into a performance lecture blender for viewing pleasure. Yes please. Get tickets>>
Static Drive Co – Night Sweats | 2 – 10 Feb
A brand new show from a brand new company of promising emerging Perth performance makers, backed by a solid team. Keen to see what they do with this one. Also it’s a real good image. Get tickets>>
Perth Festival Visual Arts | Various dates
There are some amazing artists exhibiting at Perth Festival. Don’t miss Lisa Reihana, Latai Taumoepeau, Kimsooja and Pilar Matar Dupont’s exhibitions. More info>>