06 February 2010

Welcome to Country and La Fura Dels Baus- OFFICIAL Jury Comments

A.J.: "Lots of light…this all cost half a million $$. Didgeridoo player, dancers walking into the crowd, hand prints. Aboriginals greet us in Aboriginal language. Really big crane.”

Christal: "Really nice start, and really spooky. Starts with traditional singing and dancing, really traditional and dangerous. He needs to be experienced to do this, does a lot of high stunts, really had a good ending (fireworks) had people spinning in white then hanging around. Had a lot of dancing and singing, a lot of chaos and a lot of acts involved moving around. It was loud too. And a lot of people were shown in this wonderful show.”

Lianah: “Lots of people, weird music sounded like elephants. Bright lights, scary music, scary fire, scary acting, scary costume, loud voice, getting boring, awesome acrobats, boring music, sounds like traffic + jungle. Didgeridoo, scary, cool dancing, crazy costume, freaky talking, brave speech, 1 minute silence, awesome fire (on trees) lots of people.”

Courtney: “It was noisy and it was very amazing. It was cool on the wheels and also on the hanging ropes.”

Areej: “Didgeridoo playing awesome. Welcome to country! Very good. The screen is showing how they play it while we hear the didgeridoo. Excellent! A minute of silence for all who have been before us! Burning tree! This is for their tradition, WOW! Director speak. Man speak, welcome. Two crazy women were waving their hands. So cool. Fire going on, loud music, it rotates. Awesome. Fantastic.”

Edmond: “I liked the fire, the didgeridoo player was good.”

Welcome to Country and La Fura Dels Baus!

The Children's Choice Awards at PIAF kicked-off with a bang, actually, with a series of bangs thanks to the spectacular fireworks of La Fura Dels Baus. We were sometimes scared, sometimes awed, sometimes we couldn't see, but overall we had a really nice time.

Mixing and Mingling at the Gov's

Visit to the Governor's House (all blog photos by: the Jury, Lewis Horne & MDR

As the Official Jury for the Perth International Arts Festival, the Children's Choice Awards Jury from Roseworth Primary School were invited as special guests to the PIAF opening night function at the Supreme Court Gardens

La Fura dels Baus

Opening Celebration

La Fura dels Baus (Spain)

Friday 5 February 2010

Along with the Children’s Choice Awards Jury, the Haircuts by Children stylists and their families joined us for the opening night performance of La Fura in the Supreme Court Gardens among thousands of onlookers.

A massive scale spectacle, the performance incorporated 60 locals harnessed together and suspended 150 feet in the air, dangled from a construction crane. Together they created a moving choreographed grid, brightly lit with changing colours that contrasted with the fireworks that became their backdrop in the starry sky. The dangling people and the fireworks were a huge hit among the Jury and hair stylists.

On the ground was a huge cage wheel led by a Roman-like vicious chariot-driver, with acrobats suspended inside, as it churned through the audience, which frantically ran every-which-way to avoid being squashed. The exciting adrenalin rush felt by most of the adult audience translated into a group of nearly 80 panic-stricken youth who were too short to see what was going on and were at the mercy of a much taller herd who were only concerned about getting out of the way of the rolling cart than what they themselves might trample in their attempt.

Frightening for obvious reasons, and boring because we couldn’t see anything; both for the wrong reasons.