"DIVA". Image Chrissie Parrott
A Brutal Baroque performance event
Installation, Dance, Opera & a Robotic Ballerina
Facade is a dance theatre work, originally created by Chrissie Parrott AO, at the Moores Building for the 1986 Perth Fringe Festival. In September, this unique work is reimagined,re-scored and re-scaled in a return season and embedded as a precious jewel that sits inside a striking visual masterpiece conjured up from Chrissie’s Parrott’s landscape of imagination.
A 5 by 8 metre Baroque style “proscenium arch” created by Chrissie, clad with up cycled and found objects d’art including 1000 decorated pointe shoes, will fill the downstairs gallery and become the stage that showcases a series of outrageous short, snappy, vignettes.
Featuring six virtuosic dancers and performers including Stefan Karlsson who performed in the original Moores season, Claudia Alessi, David Mack, Nicola Wade, Ava Hart, Talitha Maslin,actor Bruce Denny musician Matt Jones and performer extraordinaire Opera singer and comic Mr Paul Rowe.
Facade invites you into this imaginary world filled with dance, puppetry and comedy as seen through the kaleidoscopic lens of this internationally acclaimed choreographer.
An exhibition of portraits created by Chrissie Parrott, celebrating performers who have worked closely with her, will adorn the downstairs gallery walls. The installations, costumes and artworks combine to create a “Brutal Baroque” aesthetic perfectly suited to this historic building.
Renowned artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman has created 'simulacra lounge' a laboratory filled with curiosities including automata, figurative artworks, and a collection of vintage technological objects. An extraordinary installation where human dancers perform and interact with a robotic ballerina.
Chrissie Parrott AO is a creative artist who works across the disciplines of dance theatre, digital art and decorative design in a career spanning four decades.
EXHIBITION OPENING Friday 10 September, 6pm. Free event
PORTRAITS BY CHRISSIE PARROTT – Exhibition Continues to Monday 20 September
Exhibition open daily 10am - 4pm
FACADE PERFORMANCE SEASON
Sunday 12 September - 20 September (no show Saturday 18 September),
Doors Open 7pm, Show 7.30pm
The Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery, 46 Henry Street Fremantle, Western Australia