Curated by James Berlyn and Sarah Rowbottam
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Until November 2
never run the Trans-Sahara Marathon or tried the Swim Around Tassie, but
I did attempt all three programs at the Proximity Festival at PICA in
one night - and that really was a feat of human endurance.
solo acts, each performing to an audience of one, is an intriguing
concept. It's immaculately organised by curators James Berlyn and Sarah
Rowbottam, stage manager Mary Wolfla and their team of wranglers who
move us from act to act.
It goes without saying that you're in for
a range of encounters and you're going to be captivated and challenged
by some acts more than others.
But if, as I was, you're going to
be immersed in something for more than four hours, there needs to be an
overarching sensation that drives you deeper and deeper into the
experience. In that, I'm afraid, Proximity fell well short.
Link here to the complete review in The West Australian.