FESTIVAL KEEPS GETTING BETTER
PERTH International Arts Festival 2015 will be epic and intimate with local and international stories and experiences.
Jonathan Holloway, in his fourth and final year as PIAF artistic director, launched the 2015 event – which will run from February 13 to March 7 – at the Perth Concert Hall last week.
“I believe our job at the Festival is to be the creative alchemists, to take those stories and that compassion, to bring together those moments of community and connectiveness, and through the alchemy, transform them in to unforgettable experiences,” Holloway said.
“Festivals are born on paper but they come of age in the experiencing.”
Commemorating the Anzac centenary is at the heart of next year’s PIAF, with Royal de Luxe’s The Giants, Tom Wright’s Black Diggers and the Australian String Quartet’s world premiere of Ross Edwards’ Gallipoli, all honouring the 100th anniversary.
Performances by London Grammar, Rufus Wainwright and Sinead O’Connor will add to this summer’s soundtrack, while Lotterywest Festival Films at Somerville and ECU Joondalup Pines brings world cinema to these world-class venues.
English soprano Mary Plazas, who sang at the launch, will star in Anthony Minghella’s Madama Butterfly, and John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s book The Rabbits will be brought to life with music composed by Kate MillerHeidke.
Also on the program is Mark Morris Dance Group’s Mozart Dances, WA Ballet’s Zip Zap Zoom, Samuel Beckett’s Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby and Circa’s Beyond.
Geoffrey Robertson, Bryan Stevenson and Elizabeth Gilbert will all speak during the Perth Writers Festival and Japaneseborn artist Mariko Mori will travel to Perth with exhibition Rebirth at the Art Gallery of WA.
“Directors change, artists come and go, golden ages are occasionally declared from time to time and everything continues, the elements stay in place and you the supporters believe in the magic,” Holloway said.
“You have the most incredible festival that you have nurtured for the past 63 years.
“It has been an incredible privilege to be the artistic director and this is the final quarter of this game, but it’s not over yet.
“You don’t have to take my word for how good this festival is, you can ask Mark Morris, Mariko Mori, Sinead O’Connor, Rufus Wainwright or Mary Plazas, who flew in from London to perform for us tonight.
“They believe this is one of the world’s great festivals and they are more than happy to come here for you because you’re a great audience.
“It’s your festival, love it, cherish it and keep it going.”
English soprano Mary Plazas to star as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly.