The biggest arts festival is here. PIAF has kicked off for another year. My picks for what to see at the Perth International Arts Festival for 2017. Across theatre, dance, music and film, there is something for every Perth audience member.
PIAF HIGHLIGHTS AND WHY YOU SHOULD GET OUT TO THE FESTIVAL
It is one of my favourite times of the year here in Australia, all of our summer arts festivals are in full swing. This (rather wet) weekend kicked off the Perth International Arts Festival and of course I had to share my picks. Unfortunately the PIAF launch event I was planning to head along to (and snap a few photos to share at) was cancelled due to the rain. So, I have had plenty of time to go over the program and find some of the highlights to share. The Perth festival has something for everyone across dance, theatre, music, visual arts, writers and more.
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WHAT TO SEE AT THE PERTH INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL FOR 2017
A LUNE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTION. A THÉÂTRE SÉNART, SCÈNE NATIONALE, CIRQUE-THÉÂTRE D’ELBEUF, PÔLE NATIONAL DES ARTS DU CIRQUE – HAUTE NORMANDIE CO-PRODUCTION – VIETNAM
A circus turing tradition on its head, A O Land Pho is a stand out and much anticipated contemporary circus from The Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam who make their Australian debut. In A O Lang Pho, the serenity of rural life is dashed by progress and a once quiet hamlet becomes a bustling city where traditional Vietnamese music (Cai Luong) gives way to hip hop. Bamboo baskets are ingeniously repurposed to create peculiar creatures and spectacular stunts.
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, THE BARBICAN, LONDON, ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE ATHENS, SCHAUBÜHNE BERLIN, THÉÂTRE VIDY-LAUSANNE AND WARWICK ARTS CENTRE – UNITED KINGDOM
This theatrical game-changer draws you further in with its astounding use of 3D sound that transports you to the humid depths of the rainforest. With a worldwide reputation for creating some of the most exciting and imaginative productions today, Complicite has once again pushed the boundaries with this immersive theatre experience.
Inua Ellams & The Last Great Hunt – NIGERIA/UK
An inventive, arts-filled night time walking tour. Join the The Midnight Run and explore the streets of Perth. Inua Ellams teams up with Western Australia’s own playful theatre innovators, The Last Great Hunt, to create an interactive tour of discovery.
A PIAF CO-COMMISSION. A LEPUS PRODUCTION – UNITED KINGDOM
Inspired by Green’s 90-year-old grandmother’s stories of fleeing Europe in the 1930s, this extraordinary live music and animation event tells captivating tales of travel across the world.
A CAN & ABEL THEATRES PRODUCTION, CO-PRODUCTION BHOOMIJA TRUST – INDIA
School of Rock, Indian folk style. Journey through big ideas and brilliant literature at this year’s Perth Writers Festival with a hugely diverse program of events to engage, delight and surprise.
I love going to see movies at the outdoor cinemas! Somehow it brings back the excitement of seeing films that I miss from my childhood. Plus, a picnic with friends or as a date-night over sunset before the film ticks all the boxes. This year’s selection of films at the Lotterywest Festival include thought-provoking dramas like Things To Come (Mia Hansen-Love), Personal Shopper (Oliver Assayas) and comedies such as Like Crazy (Paolo Virzi).
CAST: KRISTEN STEWART, LARS EIDINGER
High fashion, high tension in Paris.
Maureen is a young, smart yet isolated American in Paris, where she buys clothes for a fashion-world celebrity whom she seldom meets. She is also a spirit medium attempting to connect with her deceased twin brother and becoming increasingly spooked by messages that urge her towards a ghostly confrontation. With her intense emotion bubbling under a cool exterior, Kristen Stewart is compelling as lonely millennial Maureen in this cocktail of ghost yarn and sly satire on haute couture.
CAST: VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI, MICAELA RAMAZZOTTI
Find joy in the crazy life.
Resident at a villa in secluded Tuscany, elegant Beatrice entertains her neighbours with lively tales of unlikely celebrity friends. She’s a charming fantasist and good company at this care home for the emotionally unwell. When Donatella, a new introverted guest arrives, Beatrice takes the younger woman under her wing and embarks on a freewheeling, big-spending escapade to a nearby town in the name of fun.
THINGS TO COME
CAST: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB
It’s never too late to change.
A rich drama about starting over, this film showcases arguably the world’s greatest actor, Isabelle Huppert. After years of tending to her pompous husband and frail mother, university professor Nathalie finds herself single and independent in middle age. She accompanies her young student Fabien to an Alpine retreat, seeing in him a freedom and openness that she is now able to pursue for herself.
A KIDD PIVOT AND ELECTRIC COMPANY THEATRE PRODUCTION – CANADA
Two of Canada’s most adventurous artists, award-winning choreographer Crystal Pite and playwright/performer Jonathon Young, join forces in this dance work of raw human emotion and heroic theatrical brilliance.
PERTH WRITERS FESTIVAL
The Perth Writers Festival is an excellent opportunity to head along to talks given by contemporary writers from around the world. Writers, artists and thinkers from across the globe provoke, inspire and offer their unique insights and perspectives on the world. A weekend of big ideas awaits.
ADVENTURE TRAILS Tim Cope
From the remote desert to high glacier-capped peaks.
Australian adventurer, author and filmmaker Tim Cope has spent the best part of a decade travelling to traditional parts of Central Asia and Russia. Recently awarded a Peace Medal from the Government of Mongolia, he has a special affinity with the nomadic societies of the Steppe. He shares his latest adventures, from the remote desert to high glacier-capped peaks.
BEYOND CLICKTIVISM Clementine Ford
At a time when we are more connected than ever before, and when more people get their news from their Twitter feed than traditional media, are we mistaking social media activity for political activism? Is clicktivism the new norm when it comes to political participation? Clementine Ford and Jeff Sparrow talk to David Cohen about political engagement in 2017.
Go beyond the headlines and explore the morally urgent issue of refugees and displacement.
SHRILL Lindy West
Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, feminism, social justice, humour and body image. This outspoken writer doesn’t hold back when it comes to the issues of feminism, social justice and body image, her articles and tweets generating plenty of discussion and criticism in the online sphere.
SHAPING THE MIND Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
Born with severe learning disabilities, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young struggled to comprehend language, reading and writing as a child. After chancing upon research at graduate school, she was inspired to invent cognitive exercises to ‘fix’ her brain and now teaches the Arrowsmith Program around the world.
Let me know what you plan to see in the PIAF program below. I am going to have to try and fit in as much as I can!
Next month we head to Adelaide for the tail end of the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide Festival and my highlight, the Womadelaide world music festival. I told you there were a lot of festivals happening at this time of year here in Australia!
Over the next couple of weeks I will be featuring interviews with some of the Womad acts I am most excited about. I have chosen female artist who are all inspiring artists and activists in their own way. After all, this year really has already proven to be one of banding together to inspire and take a stand for our rights.
What better way to do this than through live performance and music?