FES­TI­VAL KEEPS GET­TING BET­TER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Residential - Tanya MacNaughton

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

English so­prano Mary Plazas to star as Cio-Cio San in Madama But­ter­fly.

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