Space and Place is a large scale site specific community engagement project involving aerial performance, interactive animation projections, massed choir and music, shadow puppetry and sculpture played out on a local community’s iconic structure.

Description:

Audience perspective

Sometimes beautiful, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic: Space and Place is a collection of poetic images that explore a community’s unique relationship to land, space and what gives them their sense of place. Witness your community come together in one large performance company as this spectacular event unfolds upon your local iconic structure. Aerial antics, interactive animation, massed choir, music, shadow puppets and sculpture all interweave their magic in a unique never to be seen again once-off performance that will keep you transfixed.

 Presenter perspective

A Space and Place project is a unique and epic experience. From the co-creation process through to the stunning performance outcome, this large scale site specific community engagement project has storytelling at its core. Each show unique to the host community involves the interweaving of aerial performance, interactive animation projections, massed choir and music, shadow puppetry and sculpture; all played out on the iconic structure  of the local community. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes comic, sometimes dramatic: Space and Place is a collection of poetic images that explore a community’s unique relationship to land, space and what gives them their sense of place. Bring your community together over a bespoke residency period as one large performance company creating a one-off performance event on your local iconic structure. Aerial antics, interactive animation, massed choir, music, shadow puppets and sculpture all interweave their magic in a unique never to be seen again unique co-created event that will keep your audience transfixed.

Co-Creation ethos – Through partnering with a local resenter and the Traditional Owners, the Space and Place model allows the host community to shape their local performance by working with the Space and Place team and local artists to provide local stories and expertise to inform the content. The Space and Place team would bring the conceptual framework for this to happen, the artistic personnel for workshops and the production management involved in mounting a major community arts project

History

2003 – Space and Place was first developed by a team of Natimuk based artists, all working in different mediums for the Natimuk Frinj Festival. Directed by Jillian Pearce, the aerial performance of Y Space, animation of Dave Jones from Transience, shadow puppetry of Mary French, shadow sculpture of Greg Pritchard and the music and choir of Santha Press all came together with 150 local people in Australia’s first interactive animation/aerial/shadow performance event.

2004 – It was then recommissioned as one of the centerpiece works for “Meeting Place”, the 2004 Regional Arts Australia Conference hosted by Horsham.

2006 -It was then picked up by the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program and co-hosted by Latrobe City to create the spectacular  Latrobe Space and Place production with 300 performers on a coal dredger near Morwell, Victoria.

2007 – Y Space has then toured its language along with Theatre Arts Export to Hong Kong to open the Elements shopping complex on an unfinished high rise building in Kowloon.

2017 – Dusk was presented for the Natimuk Frinj Festival as an exploration of a new format that changes each night to reflect the day that was at the host festival.

2018 – The Space and Place team through ACT Natimuk secured a State Government Commission for the Regional Centre of Culture to create Poppet Bendigo – a major aerial, projection, shadow, sound and light performance centred on 3 faces of the iconic poppet head in Rosalind Park with over 250 performers.

In 2019 a smaller-scale version, Galaxias, was then commissioned by the Greater City of Geelong for Geelong After Dark (GAD) on the wall of Barwon Water.

Click here to access the  Media Kit Space and Place

“ There was a lot of trust and respect between the parties (eg Y Space and Latrobe artists), and a genuine acceptance of our creative input and ideas. I was really impressed with how you (Jillian Pearce) really opened up the creative process”.

- Brian Strating – Latrobe-based artist, 2006 Latrobe Space and Place

The Team:

  • Performance Director: Jillian Pearce
  • Animation Director: Dave Jones
  • Community Choir Director: Santha Press
  • Shadow Puppet Director: Mary French
  • Shadow Sculptor: Dr Greg Pritchard
  • Aerialists: 4
  • Riggers: 3
  • Projectionist:
  • Production Manager: and Site Manager
  • Dramaturgy: Verity Higgins
  • Sound Designer/Composer: Russell Goldsmith (Galaxias and Poppet Bendigo)
  • Lighting Designer/operator: Tom Willis
  • Sound -Outlook Communications

Additional Features:

  • Ideally team with associated local artists in each area.

Technical Specifications:

  • 16 people - for bespoke residency period. Modelled on 5 weeks
  • Sound and light design according to site specific structure, could be sources locally or contracted in.
  • Local artist and production team
  • Traffic and public management
  • Local producer
  • Access to one high and iconic structure
  • 2-3 4000 lumen Data Projectors (min strength)
  • 2 strong generators or access to 3 Phase Power
  • Low staging 3 by 3 m
  • Staging for choir and band up to 150 people
  • Public barriers
  • Access to warm up. Change room and amenities,
  • Drinking water access.

Links:

http://www.yspace.com.au/sandp.swf


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAMNuL5xnTg