A Dark and Quiet Place
Calendar, Perth Festival, Photography, Visual arts

Visual Arts: A Dark and Quiet Place

7 Feb – 24 Mar @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by David Noonan ·

London-based artist David Noonan has made his name internationally as an assembler of black and white photographic images. Collected from found books and periodicals, the images are juxtaposed, edited and collated to conjure a range of possible narratives.

For his first exhibition in Western Australia Noonan has created an immersive installation that invites viewers into an atmospheric ‘dark and quiet place’. Bringing together in dialogue major new works rendered in film and tapestry, this strangely cinematic and poetic world offers a meditative space of wonder and intrigue.
Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

Free Entry

More info:
www.perthfestival.com.au/event/dark-quiet-place

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Idols
Calendar, Perth Festival, Visual arts

Visual Arts: Idols

7 Feb – 24 Mar @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran & Renee So ·

Idolatry and mythological archetypes are reimagined in the ceramics and wall works of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Renee So. Working primarily in figurative ceramics, both artists aim to challenge and overturn old perspectives on gender, gendered power structures and the aesthetics of spiritualities.

Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age sculptures that are at once enticing and confronting. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore the politics of sex, monuments, gender and religion. He draws on his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points, as well as the internet, fashion and art history.

In hand-built stoneware sculptures and machine knitted textile works, Renee So also explores constructions of masculinity, femininity and gender-based power structures. Underpinning these works is a deep interest in the history of art, craft and design, and a considered irony.

The pairing of So with Nithiyendran creates a richly experiential, witty and provocative dialogue about gender, power and their signifiers. The skill and originality of each artist makes for an energetic ‘face-off’ – as much because of the differences as the similarities between the two practices. When installed together, Nithiyendran’s works form a chaotic shrine that in the context of the Idols exhibition will be anchored and thrown into relief by So’s enigmatic yet authoritative male and female figures.

Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

Free Entry

More info:
https://www.perthfestival.com.au/event/idols

Pictured: Blue Head, credit: Nithiyendran, Woman II credit: Renee So

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Procession Soft Soft Loud
Calendar, Music, Performing arts, Perth Festival

Music: Procession – Soft Soft Loud

2 March @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Hanna Benn & Deantoni Parks ·

Analogue, digital, acoustic and synthetic sounds seamlessly combine in Procession, a collaboration between Atlanta-based vocalist and composer Hanna Benn (Son Lux, Boots), percussionist, composer and producer Deantoni Parks (The Mars Volta, Sade, Flying Lotus) and an ensemble of Australia’s finest players.

Direct from its world premiere in the US, Procession explores the spiritual and emotional core of ceremonial music in the form of a luminous song cycle. Benn’s ethereal vocal textures are elevated by electronic flourishes and anchored by Parks’ ceaselessly kinetic rhythms, inviting you into a sublime sanctum of sound.

Part of the Fremantle Arts Centres annual Soft Soft Loud series.

Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

More info:
https://www.perthfestival.com.au/event/procession

Pictured: Soft Soft Loud, credit: Mallory Talty, Dustin Curtis Boyer

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Kwongkan
Calendar, Dance, Performing arts, Perth Festival

Dance: Kwongkan

16 – 20 February @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Ochre Dance & Daksha Sheth Dance ·

Settle in amongst the trees in the gardens of Fremantle Arts Centre and be transported to a world where superhero gods are battling impending environmental and cultural calamities. Indigenous Australian and Indian performers combine traditional and contemporary dance theatre with live music, aerial work and extraordinary visuals in the world premiere Kwongkan.

After their homes, cultures and sacred lands are smashed a group of First People transform into powerful dancing deities who struggle with their godly powers as they attempt to save the planet and their ancient knowledge. These superheroes come to life under extreme conditions in ritual performances fashioned on the god-transformations of southern India. As in many ancient stories and dramas the gods here are fallible and share the greed and self-interest of humanity.

Sheth Dance Company, Kwongkan has been forged over three years of trips to sacred lands in desert Australia and tropical India. Local Noongar dancer, actor and director Ian Wilkes and India’s extraordinary siblings Isha Sharvani and Tao Issaro (the children of dance guru Daksha Sheth) star alongside brilliant young Indigenous dancer Nadia Martich, aerialist and Bollywood actor Ratheesh Rajendram and didgeridoo maestro William Barton.

Arrive early to experience the pre-performance rituals, warm-ups, set preparation, costuming and body painting.

Chairs and picnic blankets are welcome and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

A Perth Festival Co-Commission

Presented in association with Fremantle Arts Centre

More info:
https://www.perthfestival.com.au/event/kwongkan

Pictured: Kwongkan, credit: Mat McHugh

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Deadly Funny
Calendar, Comedy, November 18, Performing arts

Comedy: Deadly Funny

21 November @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition Deadly Funny unearths the freshest and funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from across the country.

This Deadly Funny WA heat arrives in Freo and also features a star-studded comedy line-up of Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians.

Tickets $12.50 from fac.org.au

More info:
W: https://www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/deadly-funny-2/
E:  artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Pictured:
Deadly Funny 2018 Finalists. Photography by Jim Lee

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Animaze
Calendar, Children, December 18, January 19, November 18, Visual arts, Workshops

Visual Arts: Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids

17 Nov – 23 Jan @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

Fremantle Arts Centre presents a contemporary art exhibition specifically for kids. Animaze is about amazing animals of all sorts, where kids can wander and explore the wonderful world of animals and art.

With the work of more than 40 artists, specially designed play spaces, animal story readings and hands-on kids’ workshops, Animaze is a full-on animal art safari for kids and families.

Drop in and watch artist Ross Potter working on his huge, life-size drawing of every kid’s favourite elephant, Tricia from the Perth Zoo.

With prints, paintings, sculpture, crochet, robotics, aquatic critters, snakes, bears, bats and budgies Animaze: Amazing Animals for Kids has it all.

10am – 5pm daily
Entry is Free

More info:
W: www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/animaze-amazing-animals-kids/
E:  artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

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Marley Wynn
Calendar, Music, October 18, Performing arts

Music: Sunday Music: Marley Wynn

28 October @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

Marley Wynn (WA) is the musical alter ego of WA musical identity Adrian Hoffman, front man of Perth alt-rockers The Morning Night. Marley Wynn sees Hoffman take a giant leap forward musically, adding a glam rock flavour to his trademark chiming guitars and yearning vocals, backed by a stellar band.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

More info:
W:  www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-marley-wynn/
E:   artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Pictured: Marley Wynn

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Sally & George
Calendar, Music, October 18, Performing arts

Music: Sunday Music: Sally & George

14 October @ Fremantle Art Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

All the way from Nashville, Sally & George (USA) bring their unique brand of Americana. Combining bluegrass pedigree with a freeform style, expect stripped back instrumentation and hypnotic vocals from this captivating duo.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

More info
W: www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-sally-george/
E:   artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Pictured: Sally & George

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Demon Days
Calendar, Music, October 18, Performing arts

Music: Sunday Music: Demon Days & Your Girl Pho

7 October @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

It’s a neo-soul double act! Local festival favourites Demon Days (WA) and Your Girl Pho (WA) join forces to open the Sunday Music season with two unique and energetic genre-melding sets.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

More info
W: www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-demon-days-girl-pho/
E:  artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Pictured: Demon Days

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Spacey Jane
Calendar, Music, October 18, Performing arts

Music: Sunday Music: Spacey Jane

21 October @ Fremantle Arts Centre ·
Presented by Fremantle Arts Centre ·

With their infectious and charming garage pop Spacey Jane (WA) are known for expertly crafted songs performed with understated West Aussie bravado. See why they have quickly established themselves as one of WA’s favourite festival acts.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

More info:
W:  www.fac.org.au/whats-on/post/sunday-music-spacey-jane/
E:   artscentre@fremantle.wa.gov.au

Pictured:  Spacey Jane

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