Very much wishing I could be at Proximity Festival 2017. But, as I can’t, I’m enjoying watching interviews and highlights from this and past festivals instead.
Delve into the deliciously fluid world of circus. The Night Circus is a moving performance across three iconic Footscray sites.
Watch aerial performers, encounter a power house troupe of aged, idiosyncratic circus women and watch a factory site come to life with a choir evoking ghosts of the past.
This special performance includes an adults pop-up circus workshop, so once you’ve watched the show, you can try it for yourself.
Lady Sherlock Holmes, Nazis and cabaret. #WitScandal
It’s London, 1939. Tensions are building as war seems imminent. Lady Sherlock Holmes and Dr Jean Watson are engaged by Diana, Lady Mosley to track down Irene Adler in Berlin and retrieve sensitive information. But all is not as it seems.
Join us in ‘der Kabarett’ as we bring you all the action and intrigue of Sherlock Holmes, with the seduction and wonder of an underground Berlin cabaret.
Presented as part of Due West Festival
25 August to 9 September; Preview 24 August
Across our opening weekend, choose to stay after the show and become part of our underground Kabarett. With all the feel of a 1930s Berlin Kabarett, you know it’ll be a night to remember.
Last year, I ran a little itch.io jam called Bring Out Your Dead, for which people could submit unfinished projects and weird concept experiments. And I started doing some write-ups at the time of the pieces that caught my attention, but in some kind of meta keeping with the jam, I didn’t finish and publish […]
Absolutely love this ‘Bring Out Your Dead’ idea – to have a showing/airing of works that aren’t finished (and will possibly never be finished). Maybe it allows you to see what is worth hanging on to. Or lets you put it to rest. Or at least celebrate that you were trying something even if it was never going to work.
This was the overview from the event (which expresses the above so much more elegantly and precisely):
Bring Out Your Dead is an event for sharing dead WIPs and experiments that you don’t expect to finish, but that you’d like to show to someone anyway. It’s a chance to cleanse your hard drive, move on from old ideas, and salvage some learning from things that didn’t work out. It’s also an opportunity for your community to learn from your mistakes — which can be just as useful as learning from a success. Ambitious follies, bizarre experiments, toys, and notions that in retrospect never had a chance — all are welcome.
You are also welcome, and indeed encouraged, to provide some context about your work. What were you trying to achieve? What do you think is most or least successful about what you did? Why did you ultimately decide to abandon the project? Are there things you think others could learn from the project?
There is no ranking in this jam: it’s not about competition and judgments. However, discussion is welcome, especially if you find something in someone’s entry that sparks your imagination.
This would work so well in the context of performance-making. I’m going to do it. I’m going to book a space for a day or weekend and put out the call. Emily Short, I hope you don’t mind? #watchthisspace
This was another of the pieces that I, unfortunately, despite the best-laid plans, wasn’t able to attend.
However, I passed on my ticket to another and they had some interesting things to say about it. Paraphrased and run through my interpretation-machine:
Interesting. Minimal. No fires. Open field near water. Dark but could make out mountains on the horizon in the moonlight
Was Mike Parr there? Someone saying 1 2 3 4 at beginning and the end. Seated performers.
Audience had an interesting take on quiet. Whispering at the performance border or moving off a bit to talk. Turned around later and saw people/bodies scattered around the field – some laying down. Was reaching my cold limit. Saw people in hoodies and shorts…
I’m still sorry I missed it. Though I’m not sure how I would have responded to the endurance challenge. Hopefully, I would have rugged up and just given myself over to it. It all sounds quite ‘spare’.