PICA has curated a FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 program offering two unique, contemplative world premiere audience experiences created by WA artists, reflecting on the universal notions of journey and time amongst the busy excitement of Fringe.

Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess is an immersive audio performance featuring stories of movement and migration, specifically developed to be experienced when the population of Northbridge streets are at their annual peak. This audio performance with a difference has been created by award-winning WA-based actor, writer, director and producer Renée Newman in collaboration with local composer and sound designer Ben Collins.

yourseven asks audience members to consider their life journey through the frame of Shakespeare’s seven ages of man. Based on Jaques’ famous speech from “As You Like it”, this playful encounter is a journey through seven one-on-one encounters to recreate and predict your own life. Created by WA artist James Berlyn, yourseven features a talented cast of bright young performers and theatre-makers from the WA Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCo).

scaled_Seeking_Basic_Needs_-_HERO_-_image_by_Aaron_WeberSeeking basic needs and other tales of excess will see audience members embark on pathways through Northbridge with a set of headphones and an open mind, listening in as an original soundscape unfolds with stories of migration and patterns of human behaviour. Tales of struggle, joy and hope are heard as the city comes alive in this one hour long immersive experience.

The performance borrows from Belgian conceptual artist Francis Alys’ notion that walking is a type of resistance and a vehicle for storytelling. Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess creator Renée Newman has spent the last year developing the work, saying, “The work links ideas of movement with stories of migration; it asks the audience to slow down, imagine that their bodies are forever moving through space and time, and imagine how we can learn to be compassionate because of this shared human quality”.

PICA supported the development of the work which includes Australian (and Whadjuk Noongar), Norwegian, Chinese, Tanzanian and Italian voices. Through research and interviews exploring stories of migration and movement, Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess is a uniquely Australian work that brings international histories close to our home.

yourseven is a new work by James Berlyn, a WA-based interdisciplinary creator, performer, director, curator and lecturer of 25 yOURSEVENyears, who said, “WAYTCo is very excited to be exploring new performance territory with PICA and an all new and diversely talented cast of young Western Australians”.

This comfortably interactive work is based on Jaques’ famous speech from “As You Like it”, and guides solo audience members through Shakespeare’s seven ages of man in seven one-on-one photo booth encounters. Each moment of the performance subtly asks audiences to reflect on what their lives have been like up to this point, and what their expectations might be of what is still to come.

This is a gently provocative and touchingly intimate show, offering a new perspective for each audience member to explore their private drama and hold up a mirror to their life journey. At the end of each experience, a bespoke album of Polaroid photographs is theirs to take away; a tangible time capsule created in one hour away from electronic devices in this post-Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram world.

Both Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess and yourseven form PICA’s curated Fringe program. Following on from Reckless Acts in 2017, PICA continues to support artists to experiment and make new contemporary work.

“We see PICA’s role as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018 to produce a high-quality curated program that delivers meaningful, thought-provoking and authentic encounters between artist and audience. Our 2018 program delivers two works that are each reflective, mindful and non-confrontational, yet within that also playful and hopeful”, says PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard.

Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess

Creative team
Conceived, Written & Directed by Renée Newman
Composition & Sound Design: Ben Collins
Dramaturgs: Steve Bull & Marcella Polain
Cultural Advisor: Ian Wilkes
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Dates and Times:
27 January – 17 February 2018
Preview: 27 January
Season: 30 January – 3 February
6 – 10 February
13 – 15 & 17 February

Sessions: Tuesday – Thursday, 5.45pm & 7.30pm
Friday – Saturday, 4pm, 5.45pm & 7.30pm
Duration: 60 mins
Bookings: FRINGE WORLD

Artist Talk: Renée Newman and James Berlyn in conversation / 6 February, 6.45pm
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Location
Streets of Northbridge. Start location at PICA.
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Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess is supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
and Edith Cowan University. Initial concept developed at KISS club in 2017 with the support of pvi collective and PICA.

yourseven

Creative Team
Conceived, Written & Directed by James Berlyn
Performers: Members of WA Youth Theatre Company
Lighting: Chris Donnelly
Graphic Artist: Shaun Salmon
Music consultation: Chris Van Tuinen
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Dates and Times
Preview: 1 February
Season: 2 – 3 February
6 – 10 February
13 – 15 & 17 February
Sessions: 5.45pm – 8.45pm | Entry every 15 minutes
Bookings: FRINGE WORLD

Artist Talk: Renée Newman and James Berlyn in conversation / 6 February, 6.45pm
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Location
PICA Performance Space
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Presented with WA Youth Theatre Company for FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018

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