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

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.”

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Perth In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val’s open­ing act, The Lit­tle Girl Gi­ant.

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