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Perth Festival is Australia’s original arts festival and in 2013 delivers a superb program celebrating works of imagination and integrity, created by artists who are daring, thoughtful, and original. More than 500 artists from Australia and around the world join hundreds more from WA. Celebrated artists and companies creating work for our Festival include The Berliner Ensemble (directed by Robert Wilson), Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, Margaret Atwood, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Maceo Parker, Jim Campbell, Frédéric Flamand and Ai Weiwei.

Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway said: “Since the world’s great festivals began over 60 years ago, they have always combined sensational programming with a strong sense of the city in which they are based.”

“Perth in the summer has been the place to go for 60 years. Our program marries
international excellence with the beauty, talent and energy of Western Australia.”

Following the dusk welcome Beginnings on the banks of the Swan River, with performances by Archie Roach and a glorious Noongar choir, the 2013 Festival explodes out of the blocks, literally, with the Lotterywest Festival Spectacular: B.P.M. Bombs Per Minute from Les Commandos Percu (France). From the darkness, a clock ticks, bells toll and fireworks hypnotically dance across the night sky. Fresh from opening the 2012 London Cultural Olympiad, these masters of the high-octane arts of explosives, percussion and drumming are ready to get the Perth Festival going with a bang in 2013.

The Festival’s huge free program takes art to the people and turns people into art: the streets of Perth become a theatre, an art gallery, and a peep-show for the Lotterywest Festival Celebration: La Marea, an Australian exclusive that sees ten scenes play out in the illuminated windows, balconies and cafes of Rokeby Road. Of All The People In All The World by theatre collective Stan’s Café (UK) imagines the 1.54 billion people in Perth’s time zone (GMT+8) as grains of rice, creating a hauntingly beautiful, constantly shifting sculptural landscape that brings statistics to life in eloquent visual form.

Perth Festival’s 2013 theatre program traverses the spectrum from the sublime to the surreal. One of the world’s great companies, Bertolt Brecht’s Berliner Ensemble (Germany) comes to Australia for the very first time with their masterwork The Threepenny Opera, with visionary director Robert Wilson creating an unforgettable production of an extraordinary work. Epic in scale and ambition, three of Australia’s most revered artists, director Neil Armfield, writer Andrew Bovell, and artistic associate Stephen Page come together for the first time to adapt Kate Grenville’s acclaimed novel The Secret River for the stage. The most entertaining musical about economics ever, Mission Drift by New York darlings The TEAM (USA) takes audiences on a pioneering journey across the USA in search of capitalism, with a score that fuses Vegas glitz, Western ballads and Southern blues. Lose yourself in the nostalgic romance of the spectacular vintage big-top tent with the Australian exclusive La Cucina dell'Arte from sixth-generation circus performers Circus Ronaldo

(Belgium). The National Theatre of Scotland return to Perth Festival with with their pub- crawling, manically funny theatrical hit The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, an evening of anarchic theatre, supernatural storytelling, live music and strange goings-on. The Holy Trinity of Irish Theatre: Gate Theatre Company (Ireland), Samuel Beckett and Barry McGovern come together for the Australian exclusive performance of Watt, Beckett’s extraordinary and hilarious story of the bizarre adventures of an itinerant character and his strChinese forum SPAM Chinese forum SPAM Chinese forum SPAM Chinese forum SPAMle to make sense of the world around him.

Rediscover a sense of magic and wonder with the Perth Festival programming for the young and young at heart. Vibrant, playful and fantastical, Clouds by Aracaladanza (Spain) is a mesmerising journey into the surreal world of René Magritte: clouds transform into sheep, dancers perform captivating routines and giant green apples fall from magical trees. Arena Theatre Company (Aus) presents The House of Dreaming, an incredible interactive labyrinth brought to life by an innovative combination of robotics, performers and projections, a three-dimensional storybook of wonder and dreams. Barking Gecko Theatre Company (Aus) presents the world premiere of Duck, Death and the Tulip, a thoughtful, tender and intriguing tale about a duck who strikes up an unlikely friendship with death.

The dance program presents an Australian exclusive, the visionary and internationally acclaimed Shiva Shakti from Daksha Sheth Dance Company (India), a stunning blend of Indian classical dance, aerial performance, martial arts and yoga performed by Isha Sharvani, Bollywood actress and one of India’s finest dancers. The Ballet National de Marseille presents The Truth 25 Times A Second, an extraordinary collaboration between Belgian choreographer Frederic Flamand and acclaimed Chinese visual artist Ai Weiwei that pushes the limits of human movement.

In a feast for music lovers, three towering figures of contemporary music make their way to Perth with new commissions. One of the most influential composers of our time, Philip Glass brings his deeply personal piano etudes to Australia, presenting the world premiere performance of all 20, including three commissioned specially by the Festival. The etudes are performed by Glass with long time collaborator Maki Namekawa, and ARIA-winning Australian pianist Sally Whitwell. Two legendary forces in new music: Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, come together for the first time for a phenomenal evening of electrifying sound. Music and art come together in an extraordinary Perth Festival commission; visual artist Benjamin Bergery and St George’s Cathedral Consort present Tenebrae et Lux (Darkness and Light), combining glorious a Capella singing with a new light-based installation.

Perth will rock throughout the Festival to an eclectic selection of sounds from some of the most distinctive performers from around the globe. Cat Power channels her humour and spiritual inquiry into songs that are deeply optimistic, expansive and wonderfully woozy; funk titan Maceo Parker navigates between 60’s soul and 70’s freaky funk, all while taking in the grooves of mellow jazz and hip hop; lyrical femme fatale Chrysta Bell smoulders in her collaboration with iconic film director David Lynch; seminal post-rock cult collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor make their Australian debut; hot Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis make their Australian debut after a sold-out European tour while Melbourne duo Dead Can Dance make a long awaited homecoming kicking off their first Australian tour in 20 years, bringing their signature ambient, ethereal and neoclassical sounds to the Perth Concert Hall.
The 2013 Visual Arts program highlights two artists using technology to create deeply
engaging work. Jim Campbell’s Scattered Light, is a remarkable canopy of suspended light bulbs that morphs into a 3D screen as the sun goes down, projecting the bustling energy of

city life. Trained in electrical engineering and mathematics, Campbell has achieved worldwide acclaim for his poetic and groundbreaking use of light and electronics. Srinivas Krisna’s My Name is Raj is a participatory installation that honours the work of Bollywood pioneer Raj Kapoor. The audience becomes the art, as their own images are superimposed into Kapoor’s cinematic world in the guide of starring characters.

Perth Writers Festival is the hub of Festival discussion and discourse. Save the fourth weekend in February (21-24 Feb) to join readers and writers in this much loved celebration of the written word. Among the unmissable events are the opening address by novelist, journalist and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif reflecting on her experience in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and a closing address from 2012 Miles Franklin winner Anna Funder will bookend an incredible weekend of literary events, with writers attending including literary giant and Man Booker Prize winner Margaret Atwood, sci-fi genre bender China Miéville; and American crime writer Dennis Lehane. And in a first for the Perth Writers Festival, Out of the Box explores the thriving art form of television drama with a stellar line-up of TV writers, directors and producers including the President of HBO Home Entertainment Henry McGee. FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY.

To get you in the Festival mood, the Lotterywest Festival Films kick off from 25 November, with a handpicked selection of the best of international cinema. Among the highlights are four Australian premieres including Blancanieves, an evocative and enchanting reinterpretation of Snow that reimagines the heroine as a female bullfighter in 1920’s Seville; and WA film Satellite Boy, starring David Gulpilil. Perth Festival has also partnered with the
2012 Sixth Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (the ‘Asian Oscars’) to present two of the
winners. Keep an eye on the website for the announced films – perthfestival.com.au.

We invite you to join us for the Perth Festival from 8 February –2 March 2013; Lotterywest Festival Films: 25 Nov 2012 - 14 April 2013 and Perth Writers Festival: 21–24 February. The massive program includes 31 Australian premieres, 25 Australian exclusives,
3 world premieres, 3 commissions, 5 co-commissions, and more than 820 events and 250 film screenings.

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For further information, interviews or images please contact:

WA MEDIA: Rania Ghandour NATIONAL MEDIA: Miranda Brown
+61 8 6488 8618 / 0403 025 535 +61 3 9419 0931 / 0411 568 781
rghandour@perthfestival.com.au miranda@mbpublicity.com.au

Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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