Support for Dusk extravaganza
Natimuk silos will come alive in November as a group of Wimmera artists present an evolving largescale outdoor performance during the town’s Frinj festival.
Y Space director Jillian Pearce will lead a team of collaborative artists to present Dusk from November 3 to 5.
The State Government has provided $30,425 for the project through the latest round of Vicarts funding.
Ms Pearce said her performance art company, based at Natimuk, started showcasing projections on the town’s silos in 2002.
“We’ve done a total of six shows on the silos, and that’s just here,” she said.
“Our shows can be performed using other iconic structures.
“We’ve taken work to other locations, such as Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games. They used our structure and artists, along with their own artists.”
Dusk will include aerial performances, interactive projections, shadow puppetry, photography and music.
Ms Pearce said she looked forward to seeing the project come to life at this year’s Nati Frinj festival.
“The show will be presented every night of the festival, at dusk, so just after 9pm,” she said.
“It is a unique show in that it changes every night. It is cocreated with festivalgoers.
“People will never see same show twice.”
Ms Pearce said Natimuk artists Anna Ferguson, Greg Pritchard and Mary French and composer Santha Press were also involved in Dusk.
They collaborated for a Space and Place show on the Natimuk silos for the 2003 Frinj festival.
“We’ll be revisiting our collection of work 15 years down the track, presenting something new and different,” Ms Pearce said.
“I’d love to see this project become an annual event.
“I’m really inspired by the number of incredibly skilled artists who live in our area. The possibilities are amazing.”
Y Space will also host a series of aerobatic workshops throughout the festival.
“We want to train the next generation of artists, so the festival will also have skills components,” she said.
Ms Pearce said the Dusk showcase would complement neighbouring Yarriambiack Shire Council’s project to reinvigorate the municipality’s decommissioned silos through art.
“Dusk is really relevant at the moment with the Silo Arts Trail,” she said.
“People can go along the trail during the Frinj weekend and finish in Natimuk to see the projection work.
“The festival is just one of several activities planned for our region that weekend, including Horsham Cup.
“There is a whole bunch of reasons to come to our region on the first weekend in November.”
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the latest round of Vicarts grants would support the development of more than 30 new theatre, dance, music, visual arts and multimedia works, as well as international residencies and presentation opportunities for Victorian artists.
“A record 62 projects will receive funding, which will create opportunities for almost 900 of Victoria’s independent artists, and 350 professionals in technical, administrative and other support roles in creative fields,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate the Natimuk community and Jillian for successfully applying for this grant.”