Behind the Scenes with Perth Festival
Ever wonder what life is like behind the curtain?
This year we thought we'd give you a peek! Here is a collection of wonderful moments captured by local photographer Duncan Wright that offer a small window into the unseen worlds of backstage life at our 70th Perth Festival. Read on for a word from our Artistic Director, Iain Grandage.
Keep an eye out as we release more magical moments on Instagram @perthfest over the coming weeks.
Artistic Director Iain Grandage and Voyces' Artistic Director Robert Braham on site with crew for Voyces choir rehearsal
Seen and Unseen: a word from Iain Grandage, Artistic Director
What a time we had, and what a Festival that was. From shining moments of intimacy to the biggest Art Pop star on the planet, this was a Festival filled with stars and stories of the cosmos.
Like the sky above, there is that which is seen and yet so much more that is unseen. For every artist we see standing on a stage, unseen are the many who have contributed in countless ways to their journey.
For every moment of pure unadulterated joy brought forth by the dancers and drummers of Steph Lake’s Manifesto, or Blick Bassy’s Bikutsi 3000, unseen is the decades of training and building of their craft.
For every moment of wonder and truth told on stages around Perth during Seven Sisters, unseen was the quality of team building provided by the WAYTCo /Perth Festival teams and Dr Roma ‘Yibiyung’ Winmar. These young voices are the future.
For every minute that Björk beguiled us with her extraordinary voice, there were unseen weeks of work from staff and crew to create that temporary temple (well… tent!) to house her wildly imaginative visual landscape. She sang alongside local choir VOYCES in a local/international collaboration that encapsulates so much of the best of what our Festival can offer.
I’ve only touched on a few favourite moments, but I leave you with one more. Inside a packed venue Kae Tempest sang Grace:
“There are things I must record, must praise
There are things I have to say about the fullness
And the blaze of this beautiful life”
They brought us into a place of serenity and wonder. The moments of transformation Kae touched on are where the art lives – in the space between the notes, in the unseen between the stars.
In this, our seventieth year, what a privilege it is to work at Perth Festival amongst a team who work tirelessly to bring you experiences that allow us to renew our love for this place, and enjoy the finest from around the country and the world.
Thank you for joining us.
Prepping for Björk, Langley Park
Flewnt and Inkabee at Noongar Radio
Setting the stage for 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'
Ewen Leslie, in the dressing room for Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Mdou Moctar in the green room, The Rechabite
Warming up for 'Bikutsi 3000', State Theatre Centre
Erasers at The Rechabite
STRUT dancers from 'Perth Moves', State Theatre Centre Courtyard
In the green room at State Theatre Centre of WA
'Manifesto', Stephanie Lake Company huddle before the show, Heath Ledger Theatre
Tech desk at Heath Ledger Theatre
In the theatre. Suzannah, Perth Festival staff
Dressing room dancing before 'Bikutsi 3000'
Voyces choir and Perth Festival crew prepping for rehearsals before Björk
Rubeun Yorkshire and Ian Moopa Wilkes at Lake Joondalup for 'Djoondal' rehearsal
Grievous Bodily Calm, 30/70 and Great Stature in the green room
'The Cage Project' installation
Dancer Samantha Hines from 'Manifesto'
Backstage at His Majesty's Theatre
Perth Festival production crew at Björk, (left to right) Digby, John and Alex
'Seven Sisters' cast warm up
'Manifesto' dancers warming up
VOYCES choir rushing to rehearse for Björk
Mdou Moctar in the dressing room
Banner image: 'Manifesto' set at State Theatre Centre of WA.
All photos by Duncan Wright.