“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin E Tsiolkovsky
The 1960s heralded many firsts in the field of space exploration, including the first human spaceflight and the first Moon landing. This era of space travel formed the backdrop to the childhood of Québécois writer, director and actor Robert Lepage.
“Life knows no rehearsals. Perfection is precious but not real, not as real as being in the now.” – Nassim Soleimanpour
Perth’s beloved raconteur Andrea Gibbs was thrust into the now at Studio Underground on Wednesday night. Looking out at the audience from the stage, she hadn’t yet seen the ‘secret’ script of the play she was about to perform, let alone met the playwright. Talk about flying blind.
Chinese New Year seemed the perfect time to treat myself to this performance by Perth Festival 2018 Artist-In-Residence Yeung Fai. A fifth-generation Chinese puppeteer and the last in his family, Fai created Hand Stories in 2009 inspired by his family story. There are no subtitles and little dialogue so a spirit of openness, patience and a basic awareness of twentieth-century Chinese history are recommended.
Change seems to be taking place at a rate faster than ever before. In a digital age, technology is superseded remarkably fast and items that are commonplace today won’t be tomorrow. Perhaps every generation feels like this, considering items from their childhood with nostalgia and sentimentality. Evgeny Grishkovets, who performed his show Farewell to Paper at the State Theatre Centre of WA last weekend as part of Perth Festival, laments this rush into the future. He encourages us to slow down and contemplate what it is we are gaining, what we are losing, and whether it matters.
On 25 January 2018, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced the latest annual Doomsday Clock statement. The iconic Clock is now set at two minutes to midnight, the closest to the symbolic point of annihilation since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. Despite the grim assessment, it is believed responsible humans can reset the clock. The media release urges citizens to “get engaged, get involved, and help create that future. The time is now”.
In case you are wondering what the Doomsday Clock has to do with this charming French circus as part of Perth Festival, perhaps the English translation of the title will give you a clue – ‘It’s not yet midnight…’.
With so many free events on during festival season in Perth, the only difficult part is fitting everything into the diary! Immerse yourself in world class art and music, hear big ideas and bedtime stories, celebrate Chinese culture and discover the tiniest zines on the planet – all without spending a dime. We’ve rounded up some highlights so you can spend more time and less money living the festival life.
In the second instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART ONE HERE), we profile the local emerging artists and theatre-makers who are moving on up, along with bold new works that demand our attention. These are some of the festival events the Perth arts industry insiders are looking forward to. Let’s give them a helping hand by showing our support over the coming weeks.
Festival season is our favourite time of year in Perth. With FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 on now until 25 February and the newly rebranded Perth Festival launching next week, our calendar is full to bursting!
How to choose what to see? In the first instalment of We Love Festival Season (VIEW PART TWO HERE), we profile some of the unusual and enjoyable arts experiences on offer that explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Perth, Northbridge and Fremantle. This is theatre, storytelling, laughs and thrills – on the move.