Co-curated by Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli Mccluskey, Proximity Festival is Australia’s only one-on-one performance program and it happens right here in Perth. This will be the fifth time the Festival takes place, this year moving to Cathedral Square where it will take over the precinct for ten days of intimate encounters.
When booking your tickets, audience members have the opportunity to select from three different programs, each featuring three twenty minute performances, or book for all three. Each session offers a completely different immersive experience: one minute you’ll be an extra on a film set in the Australian landscape and the next, you’re hearing power laden rap music while you experience a possible future.
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Proximity can be daunting, but it is also an extremely safe space. The most confronting session in this year’s program might just be Rachael Dease’s This Little Light of Mine. It’s a twenty minute meditation looking at time past and what’s still to come. Dease suggests that old regrets are dismissed and new desires are illuminated as we ask if we can live every day as our last.
Or perhaps for you, touching organic material might be a step outside your comfort zone? Mike Bianco wants to take you on a multi-sensory walk in The Trees of St George Square, while you consider the history and politics embedded in plants.
Nat Randall’s performance piece, Exclusive, sounds really interesting. It’s a 4-hour continuous performance that will take the form of an up-close-and-personal interview. What you’ll experience won’t be the same as the next person, and that’s the beauty of Proximity.
Sarah and Kelli have also put together a series of workshops, conversations and tours happening alongside the main program. Those working in the art scene will relish an opportunity to sip a cocktail while hearing from Jeff Khan, one of the country’s most in-demand curators, as he discusses curating art in usual locations. Or bring your smartphone to a discussion on the potential of media in performance practice.
The full Proximity Festival program can be accessed here, and we urge you to book your tickets fast. With an audience of one, there aren’t a lot of tickets available and they are always snapped up fast. Take a chance!