Our pick of PIAF- The Perth International Arts Festival


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 As the Fringe Festival winds down the PIAF festival winds up with it’s launch this weekend.  The Perth International Arts Festival runs from the 13th of February to the 7th of March.  There is a lot of amazing stuff on for PIAF both locally and world class international acts.  Check out our Pick of the festival here….

 

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The Giants

This is the headlining act of PIAF and the one that opens the show.  On the Valentines day weekend, two enormous statues will be walking about the streets of Perth.  These works of art are from a French company and it took a lot of logistics, money and manoeuvring for Perth to be able to see them this festival. The little girl giant stands at 6metres tall and will be walking on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The diver giant is 11 metres tall and he will be visible on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday the giants will be walking about the city separately and then having a 3 hour “nap” in the middle of the day, while on Sunday the two giants do a lap of Langley park together before getting off on a boat and sailing away. Records crowds are expected and a lot of roads and carparks are closed to accommodate them so avoid driving into the city if you can.

More info on the Giants and the story here:  The Giants

Info on road closures here:  Road closures for the Giants

The Giants
The Giants

 


Opera and Dance

The Rabbits

Barking Gecko State Theatre- Heath Ledger  |  12 – 16 Feb  | Various times

In this world premiere, John Marsden and Shaun Tan’s compelling picture-book The Rabbits is brought to life as a new work of operatic theatre for adults and children alike. This is a story of hope in the face of colonisation, displacement and despair. The world of The Rabbits invites us to question the constructs of modern life: society, culture, environment…the essence of our humanity. The Rabbits brings together an extraordinary Australian creative team. Award-winning vocalist Kate Miller-Heidke leads a cast of singers and musicians, performing her own compositions and Lally Katz’s enchanting libretto, with additional music from Iain Grandage in John Sheedy’s adaptation of a revered classic.

Madame Butterfly

Opera His Majesty’s Theatre  |   24, 26, 28 Feb  3, 5, 7 March  |  SOLD OUT

Puccini’s tragic love story tells of Butterfly (Cio-Cio San), a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval officer, Pinkerton. Shortly after their wedding, Pinkerton returns to America, leaving Butterfly alone to await her husband’s return. Set to the gloriously romantic melodies of Puccini’s music, this moving story of devotion and betrayal has established Madama Butterfly as one of the world’s most performed and beloved operas.

Theatre and Circus

The Paper Architect

Secret Location  |  Perth show is SOLD OUT but there are still tickets available for the Albany show
Enveloping us in a miniature world of breathtaking delicacy, The Paper Architect uses gossamer-light details to tell a bittersweet story of love lost and dreams unrealised. A paper architect sits secluded in his workshop. In this intimate setting, we look on in awe as he plays out wistful fantasies with his elaborate paper creations. When he places a cut-out dancing woman onto an intricate paper set, she comes alive. He adds a paper man and watches their romance unfold. Birds fly overhead, leaves flutter from a tree and firecrackers flicker across the night sky as we share the model-maker’s hopes and desires, and feel his joys and sorrows. Moving, charming and supremely engaging, The Paper Architect is unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Beyond

Circus Regal Theatre   |   17 – 21 Feb   |  7:30pm and a 2pm matinee on the Saturday

Internationally acclaimed ensemble Circa wowed Perth last year with Opus, a stunning fusion of circus and music. Now they return with Beyond, a sublimely surreal and unexpectedly moving work that is delighting audiences and critics around the world. Blending dynamic circus acts, such as trapeze and Chinese pole, with giant rabbit heads, Rubik’s cubes and blindfolds, all set to a bewitching mix of show tunes, ballads and electronica, this creation delights and enchants. Set on multiple stages within stages – red-curtained worlds that offer a glimpse into strangely beautiful and curiously tender realms – Beyond is a bold new blending of bodies, light, sound and remarkable skills. A place where acrobatics and movement meld into the absurd and hilarious.

 

Beyond
Beyond


Classical Music

In an Italian Garden

Classical Italian music Perth Concert Hall  |  Sat 7 March  |  7:30pm

Les Arts Florissants is one of the most renowned early-music groups in the world. Founded by eminent harpsichordist William Christie in 1979, the acclaimed group has carved out its own place among the best orchestras performing today. In this rare Australian concert, Christie and the full orchestra are joined by six singers, selected from across the globe as part of his world-famous master-class academy Le Jardin des Voix. This is a celebration of Christie’s great passion – Italian Baroque lyric work, with arias and ensembles by Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti, Stradella, Steffani, Caldara and Cimarosa. Delight in a musical banquet as this extraordinary ensemble brings to vivid life the music of Baroque masters.

 


Contemporary Music

Sinead O’Connor

Perth Concert Hall  |  Sat 28th Feb  | 8pm

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor has traversed extraordinary musical worlds. From brooding pop artist, selling millions of albums, through fearless forays into reggae and Irish folk, to collaborations with performers as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and The Chieftains, O’Connor has trodden a unique path. Having recently released her 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, O’Connor hits the Perth Concert Hall, offering you a rare opportunity to experience her extraordinary vocals and powerful, tender lyrics, backed by a full band. This is O’Connor at the peak of her powers – one of music’s most original, emotional and spirited voices.

Rufus Wainwright

Perth Concert Hall   |   Mon 2 March  |  7:30pm

Praised by The New York Times for his ‘genuine originality’, Rufus Wainwright is one of the great vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He has carved out his own singular space amid the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance and film, and for one night only, he returns to Perth with a special showcase featuring ‘The Best of Rufus Wainwright’. He has collaborated with Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, the Pet Shop Boys and Mark Ronson, and he also sang a duet with Robbie Williams on the title track of the latter’s latest album Swings Both Ways.

Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright

 


Chevron Festival Gardens

Mr Scruff

DJ  |  14th Feb  |  8pm

Famed for his long DJ sets, cheerfully spanning blues, funk, 60s RnB, hip hop, African, Latin, Drum and Bass, Mr Scruff will have you dancing the night away.  Why not bring your Valentine along and hit the dance floor.

Neneh Cherry and Rocketnumbernine

28 Feb and 1st March |  8pm

The pop pioneer of the 80s and 90s has made a triumphant return with her first solo album in 17 years, the bold and provocative Blank Project. With elements of beat poetry, avant-electronica and beautiful, rich vocal melodies, the effortlessly cool Neneh Cherry demonstrates a rare and dizzying capacity to traverse pop, tough techno and hypermodern rhythms. Cherry performs alongside duo RocketNumberNine+ in what promises to be a feverish live show.


Writers Festival

19 – 22nd Feb  |  UWA – Various locations and times

Interviews, debates, talks, readings, performances and workshops.
Special guests include Tom Rob Smith, Elizabeth Gilbert, Hilary Mantel, Bryan Stevenson, Geoffrey Robson, Rachael Craw, Viv Albertine and many, many more.
See PIAF website for more info.  (link below)


 Visual Arts

Rebirth

Art Gallery of WA |  8th Feb to the 29th June 2015 |  FREE

Tokyo-born, New York and London-based Mariko Mori is one of the most important artists of our time. Through an exploration of themes, such as life, death and rebirth, her work resonates with audiences around the world.  Rebirth is an immersive, contemplative experience composed of installations, glowing LED sculptures, photographs, drawings and videos. Quiet and beautiful, this thoughtful and absorbing exhibition takes us from a sculpture symbolising the eternal cycle of life to the creation of a pulsing white hole – where stars are born. Emanating positivity and generating wonder, Rebirth celebrates our existing balance with nature and gently places you between the earth and the wider cosmos.

Rebirth
Rebirth

 

Subiaco Park

Theatre Gardens Subiaco, Off Baget Rd  |  7th Feb – 29 March  |  FREE

Eight Western Australian artists respond to the picturesque surrounds of Subiaco’s Theatre Gardens using augmented reality technology. By downloading the Subiaco pARk app onto a mobile device, you can unlock a fantastical, hidden world of site-specific sound, animation and digital sculpture. Blending real and unreal, public and private, and digital and natural worlds, Subiaco pARk is a sculpture park to stimulate and inspire.


These are just some of the wonderful shows on for PIAF this year. Please see the website link below for more information.  Enjoy the festival!

Perth International Arts Festival

 

NB: Seasons Online cannot be held accountable for changes in scheduling. Please check appropriate venue websites for further details before planning or booking. Seasons Online gives a date range from opening to closing night but we cannot guarantee shows every night in between.  Please check the links above for exact dates.

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