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Five Must-See Events At Perth Festival 2019

For a few weeks each summer, Perth Festival transforms the city with works from some of the best Australian and international artists. Not only is the festival renowned for its large-scale commissions – like 2018’s mesmerising ‘The Sound Of Sirens’ and 2015’s giant marionettes – it’s also known for including, celebrating and engaging all of Perth.

This year’s line-up boasts a diverse program of music, dance, art and theatre. With over 80 performances, installations and conversations scheduled across the month of February, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and experience something new.

Not sure where to start? Help’s here.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak

Boorna Waanginy celebrates the local Noongar culture by combining technology, science and artistry to explore the landscape in Australia’s picturesque south west. The installation starts at Fraser Avenue and weaves through Kings Park for 1.5kms before ending at a light installation at the Pioneer Women’s Memorial.

Along the way, trees become a canvas for giant projectors, providing an ever-changing backdrop of flowers, flocks of birds, wetlands and even bushfires as the audience sees everything coming alive right in front of their eyes.

Boorna Waanginy: The Trees Speak runs from February 8-11 between 8-11pm. More event details here.

Nouveau Cirque Du Vietnam: Lang Toi My Village

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Nouveau Cirque Du Vietnam: ‘Lang Toi My Village’ takes the stage on February 8. Image: supplied

Nouveau Cirque du Vietnam: ‘Lang Toi My Village’ is a combination of traditional and new-world acrobatics. The show returns to Perth after a sell-out 2017 season.

Showcasing the beauty of Vietnamese culture, ‘Lang Toi My Village’ is set in a traditional village where 15 acrobats use contortion, acrobatics and juggling to depict villagers’ daily lives. Using just string, bamboo and bicycle inner-tube, the cast construct large moving structures throughout the show to transport the audience to the market, rice paddies and even a game between the local children. All the action on stage is accompanied by live musicians performing traditional folk music.

Nouveau Cirque Du Vietnam: ‘Lang Toi My Village’ runs from February 8-17. More event details here.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra takes the stage on February 23. Image: supplied

The ARIA-award winning Melbourne Ska Orchestra are back in Perth for one night of bass, beats and frivolity. Taking the stage on February 23, festival goers can expect the Melbourne Ska Orchestra to get the party started with their signature style.

Led by Nicky Bomba (of John Butler Trio and Bustamento), the orchestra comprises between 18 to 36 members. In other words, we’re talking about a big band, with big sound and big personality. Their tunes are infectious and guaranteed to get those toes tapping and feet shuffling.

More event details here.

Ballet At The Quarry

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Ballet At The Quarry fuses contemporary and classical form. Image: supplied

The West Australian Ballet’s season at the Quarry Amphitheatre isn’t your typical ballet experience. It moves dance out from the confines of the theatre into the open air, where the glistening lights of the city skyline serve as the backdrop.

In-Synch: Ballet At The Quarry has three contemporary works on the bill – ‘In-Synch’, ‘Reincarnation’, and ‘X-It’ – and is sure to enthral the audience with a unique combination of styles and themes.

In-Synch’ will see dancers improvise on stage each night accompanied by world-renowned vocalist and beatboxer MB14 meaning no two performances will be the same.

Reincarnation’ fuses contemporary and classical form. Newly formed dance company Co3 joins forces with the West Australian Ballet under the direction of choreographer Garry Stewart who uses movement to explore themes of death and metamorphosis.

X-It’ explores the emotions stirred up by constantly being surveilled. Using choreography and video projections, the emotion and shifting power balances within human relationships are depicted.

In-Synch: Ballet At The Quarry runs from February 8 – March 2. More event details here.

The Preatures: Unplugged With Abbe May

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The Preatures: Unplugged with Abbe May lands at Perth Festival on February 17 for one night only. Image: supplied

The Preatures are set to join forces with talented local guitarist Abbe May in a one-off evening of unplugged entertainment.

Led by Izzi Manfredi, the Sydney-based quartet is known for their hits ‘Is This How You Feel’ and ‘Somebody’s Talking’; but the electric favourites won’t be performed as you know them. Stripping back their performance, The Preatures will be delivering their signature melodies in raw form.

The Preatures: Unplugged with Abbe May will take the stage on February 17. More event details here.

(Lead image: The Preatures / supplied)

Published 22 January, 2019