Sup­port for Dusk ex­trav­a­ganza

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY SARAH SCULLY

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.

Com­ple­men­tary projects

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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.”

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