Melbourne Fringe – West of What?
Join Footscray Community Arts Centre for one big day of artistic cremations, enraptured performances, creative activities and installations. A world of words, dance and sound bring together all that’s unique about FCAC and the artists taking part in this year’s curated Fringe Festival program.
From 1pm, artists and performers including Yeshi, Supina Bytol, Mito Elias, Kate Hood, The Chaotic Order, the indirect Object, Guntur’s Dance Company, I Wayan and the team behind Marionette will take to the FCAC Happy River Lawn, with market stalls offering local handmade products, a sausage sizzle and Happy River Café keeping the drinks and food flowing. At 5.30pm a procession of artists will lead us to the FCAC Rose Garden for a ceremonial cremation of JOLT’s exhibition Creative + Cremated.
From 7pm join New Wayfinders in the Performance Space for MEMORY//DISPERSE, a visual and auditory performance of dance, music and poetry exploring the collisions and connections between language, space and memory.
West of What? We’re now and at the centre of it all, and this is what we have to say.
WHEN Saturday 23 September, 1pm – 9pm
Free Day Program, 1pm – 6pm;
Evening Ticketed Program, 7pm – 9pm
COST Day Program, Free;
Evening Program, $13 (suggested ticket price*)
*No one turned away for lack of funds
Guntur Dance Company
Indonesian dance troupe from Kediri Jawa Timur perform traditional dances with expressive, beautiful movements.
WHEN: 10am – 10.20am and 4.30pm – 4.50pm
The Chaotic Order
Enza’s Magical Nook
Improvisation is an expression of who we are in the present, it shows us our boundaries and gives us insight into who we might want to become. The Chaotic Order invite audiences to Enza’s Magical Nook – a performative experiential piece exploring power, community and connection. Enza’s Magical Nook represents a place of safety and refuge.
WHEN: 1pm – 5pm (20 minute durations). Bookings required.
Fresh Mountain Breeze
Inspired by the sights, smells, and sounds of Taipei, Fresh Mountain Breeze is a reimagining of our Taipei Artist Village artist-in-residency project Echo Chamber/Breath developed with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.
WHEN: 1pm – 3pm (20 minute durations). Bookings required.
Marionette is a poetic-biography of the silent film actress Marion Davies, whose identity was shaped by her powerful lover, William Randolph Hearst. A collaboration between poet Jessica Wilkinson and composer Simon Charles, Marionette combines instrumental performance, spoken word and electro-acoustic sound. Performed with associate artists Jenny Barnes, Michael McNab, Phoebe Green and Andy Butler, Marionette explores Davies’ cinematic presence, the manipulation of her public image, and the strings that pull behind the scenes.
Kate Hood is the Artistic Director of disability-led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple Productions – a company in residence at FCAC. Kate had a career as an able-bodied actor for theatre, TV and film. A decade ago, she became a wheelchair user and reinvented herself as a disabled actor and theatre-maker, finding herself part of a new group of talented writers and performers with disability. In this conversation, Kate will discuss Raspberry Ripple’s upcoming event Raspberry Ripple Reads.
WHEN: 2.30pm – 2.50pm
qp is an exercise in poetry where the artist explores the sound and visual component of poetic happening. qp evokes the creole memories extending the phonetic aspects of the language as a musical composition.
WHEN: 3pm – 3.45pm
Supina Bytol and Mishka Beckman
Batu Belah – Performance
Multi-skilled artists Supina Bytol and Mishka Beckman will collaborate on a triptych performance, using costume and soundscape to explore themes of migration integration, mysticism and the ethereal feminine form.
WHEN: 3pm – 3.20pm
There is a Tibetan saying that “Anyone with a mouth can sing, and with legs can dance.” Tibetans sing anytime or anywhere; whether they are working in the fields, grazing their animals on the grasslands or celebrating special occasions. Their music is woven by history, land and spiritual beliefs. Yeshi was born in exile, and it is music, first and foremost, that connects him to his Tibetan roots.
WHEN: 4pm – 4.20pm
Created + Cremated
JOLT – Cremation Ceremony
James Hullick, director of JOLT, constructs sculptural forms from hard rubbish donated by members of the local community and devises kinetic sound machines that will respond to these sculptures. A procession of artists will lead audiences to a ceremonial cremation of the artwork at the FCAC Rose Garden. The work will then be reimagined and remounted back into the gallery.
MEMORIES // DISPERSE
New Wayfinders – Spoken word performance
A visual and auditory performance of dance, music and poetry exploring the collisions and connections between language, space and memory by artists in the diaspora. Artists will create space, share their stories and reach out to those who know this struggle.
WHEN: 7pm – 9pm
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival
1 – Women of the World Festival 2017. Image by Rachel Main.
1 – Tenzing Yeshi. Image courtesy of Multicultural Arts Victoria