Enjoy another side of WA Museum Boola Bardip as WAAPA’s Performance Making students descend on the world-class museum. Folds, a bespoke promenade performance, was created and will be performed by the students against a backdrop of the museum’s unique and beautiful spaces. It was created in response to the human experience of time and memory, so is fittingly being performed amongst collections displaying Western Australia’s rich history and culture.
“Folds takes its inspiration from images of geological folding: the visualisation of time written into rocks,” explains Director Dr. Francis Barbe, WAAPA’s Associate Dean of Performance. The name originates from the concept of ‘folding’ the “present moment back in time to link to the past,” especially in relation to “how museums facilitate a kind of collective memory by presenting objects and ideas that connect us to the past.”
Since the newly renovated museum is so vast, it wasn’t possible to engage with every space.
Instead, Dr Frances Barbe notes that the approach was “to select certain galleries, objects or spaces that spoke to us from which to build moments of performance for an audience to enjoy.”
The goal is for the language of performance to encourage the reflective contemplation of the museum, memories, time and objects. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, as the performance includes movement, music, text and visual installations.
The second-year WAAPA students performing are trained arts practitioners with multi-disciplinary theatre skills. The Performing Making course is a comprehensive package of training that combines performance skills (voice, movement, acting) with creative skills (devising, directing and writing) and provides opportunities for its students to work on self-devised, site-specific and text-based productions. Its talented alumni have gone on to create award-winning theatre shows such as Charlotte Otton’s Let Me Finish, Feminah and 30 Day Free Trial, and Sam Nerida’s See You Next Tuesday. Graduating high schoolers are encouraged to explore more about the courses WAPAA offers, accessible via their website.
Folds provides an exciting opportunity for audiences to engage with new and interesting ideas in Perth. It will be performed in the beautiful surrounds of Boola Bardip on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of November from 7.30pm.