GIANTS TO STRIDE PERTH STREETS
THE eagerly awaited story and route of Perth International Arts Festival’s (PIAF) opening weekend spectacle – The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of The Giants to the Streets of Perth – was announced last Thursday.
French company Royal de Luxe’s parade-style theatre will run over three days in Perth’s CBD – from Friday, February 13, to Sunday, February 15, – with no two days the same.
Audiences can plan to either walk with the 6m and 11m giants or pick a spot along the route to watch them pass.
It all begins at 9.30am on February 13 at Langley Park, travelling along Riverside Drive then Barrack, Hay and Hill streets, finishing at 4pm at Wellington Square.
The free event continues around the city, including Langley Park and Wellington Square, Hay Street and St Georges Terrace, from 9.30am to 7pm on February 14, extending to Northbridge streets.
It laps around Langley Park from 10am on February 15, finishing on a boat on the river at 12.30pm.
PIAF artistic director Jonathan Holloway said he could think of no better company than Royal de Luxe to commemorate the Anzac centenary.
“It is a beautiful poetic story written by (Royal de Luxe artistic director) Jean-Luc Courcoult responding to everything we sent to him, everything he heard and felt and understood,” Holloway said.
“He has knitted it all together with joy and seriousness and sensitivity.”
Holloway said at the heart of the story was the Little Girl Giant, who long ago fell from the sky in to the desert and was cared for by the Noongar people.
She will explore the city looking for The Diver, who was sent to recover soldiers from the bottom of the sea off the coast of Gallipoli 100 years ago.
One hundred years after he sailed from WA, the Diver Giant is lifted by a tornado of bubbles and is carried back to Perth.
“The Little Girl Giant is given a storybook about a girl in a lighthouse watching Anzac troops sail to war and seeing images of Gallipoli, she realises she must sail across the desert to Perth to call the Diver Giant home,” Holloway said.
“To find out what happens next, and whether they will find each other, audiences need to join us.”
Perth International Arts Festival’s opening act, The Little Girl Giant.