Splendour In The Grass
Monday July 26, 2006
SPLENDOUR IN THE ARTS!
Splendour organisers are proud to present SPLENDOUR IN THE ARTS,
an exciting myriad of arts based performances, sideshows, installations
and mayhem designed for mass crowd entertainment. From the sublime to
the ridiculous, SPLENDOUR IN THE ARTS has something for everyone.
Do not pass go! First stop should be THE TENT OF MIRACLES (Super Top oval) where Andy Forbes and his crew will present THE CHURCH OF TWO HANDS AND A CHICKEN.
Making their Splendour return, this carnival of militant religious
freaks will be performing a host of rituals including same-sex
weddings, divorces, exorcisms, faith healings, whippings and of course
the refining of high grade uranium. Confused? Scared? You should be! THE TENT OF MIRACLES is a must stop destination at SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS.
PERFORMANCE TIMES – THE CHURCH OF TWO HANDS & A CHICKEN
Saturday 22nd – 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, 12pm & Sunday 23rd – 2pm, 5pm, 8pm
The Channel [V] Confession Van
will also be on site, near the Tent Of Miracles. Go and confess your
sins, redeem your soul and get your 5 minutes of fame on TV!
Also on the Super Top oval will be CHUNG LEE SOO'S DOUBLE DRAGON SPIRIT SHOW.
This massive sideshow attraction takes festival Art a step further,
into a grand theater of spectacle and illusion. Amidst the smoke from a
giant cauldron shaped stage, two towering red dragons majestically rise
up to clasp a spinning crystal, from their open jaws the dragons
breathe smoke and light beams high into the night sky. A surrealist
troupe of beautifully made up dancers and circus acrobats inhabit this
ghostly realm, where they float, disappear and reappear under the
phantasmagoric powers of Chung Lee Soo a traveling Victorian magician.
Clint Hurrell, who has a long history of public sculpture, alternative
theatre and extreme performance, conceived this sideshow. Clint has
created adventurous entertainment for many festivals and public events.
Be sure to check out the stunning Super Top Chandelier, the Obelisk
Light Towers and the strobe ring of Tetrahedron Stars – also by Clint
PERFORMANCE TIMES – DOUBLE DRAGON SPIRIT SHOW
Saturday July 22nd at 8pm, 10pm, 12pm & Sunday July 23rd at 7pm, 9pm & 11pm
If you thought garden gnomes were strictly the domain of lifestyle
programs & uni pranks, think again. Artist Remo Vallance, (who is
the recipient of the 2006 Splendour In the Grass emerging artist grant)
is proud to present ROCK N GNOMES.
Gnomes represent an accepted suburban identity – the freedom of
self-expression in domestic idealised bliss. But not these gnomes.
These two giant, mumbling gnomes are distressed about their current
situation. Illuminated for all to see, these gnomes at Splendour will
be larger than life to welcome all to the large garden that is
Splendour in the Grass.
Over in the new Global Village, MR CHOWS CINEMA will make its debut with a three-screen program of shorts, animation and feature films. SCREEN 1
will feature the 2006 Academy Award nominated film The Mysterious
Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello as well as Anthony Lucas’
animations spin gothic horror adventures alongside outback dramas, in
silhouette and clay. Screen 1 presents a collection from this
Australia’s auteur animator, accompanied by local gems as curated by
the Byron Film Club. SCREEN 2
features Trips through Animated Space: a dynamic selection of
international animations that explore the moving camera. This includes
Michel Gondry’s Star Guitar and Adrian Lokman’s Barcode: a road-movie
through an abstract virtual world. And SCREEN 3
will feature movies by cinema’s reigning romantic, Wong Kar Wai, the
most respected and imitated writer-director in Hong Kong. His second
feature Days of Being Wild, a dreamy vision of the 1960s revolves
around six characters, all desperately seeking or shying away from
love. In the Mood For Love, surely the most beautiful almost-affair in
cinema, introduced Wong to a wider audience, achieving box-office
success on a par with Amélie or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. And
2046, the third part of this loose trilogy is a sumptuous,
breathtakingly sublime romance marrying cutting-edge cinematic style
with exquisite old-fashioned romanticism. All 3 features are stunningly
shot by Australian cinematographer Chris Doyle.
Saturday July 22nd from 6pm – 2am & Sunday July 23rd from 6pm – midnight
At the main entrance to Splendour you’ll be able to catch SERA TONIN’S PANEL-VAN SHOW
by artist Simone O’Brien. At the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2004, Simone
transformed her 1990 XF Ford Falcon panel-van into Australia’s most
intimate venue. In a unique moment of motoring and theatre history, she
invited audiences to “rock up and rock in” to the van. For 20 minutes,
audiences got to lie back and remember the special ambience and
intimacy unique to panel-vans. They now get to join with in with their
host, Sera Tonin, as she rocks along to her fave ‘Chisel tunes whilst
she performs her peculiar blend of panel-van acrobatics. Astounding.
You gotta get inside to experience the fully decked out interior of
Australia’s smallest venue, Sera Tonin’s 1990 XF Ford Falcon Panel-van.
Gasp at unbelievable feats of contortion and panel-van acrobatics. Sing
along to all 9 verses of Khe Sahn or else get the van rockin’ to some
other great Chisel faves.
The weekend of the 23rd and 24th of July brings the well known weekend festival "Splendour in the Grass".
Friday July 21st evening, Saturday July 22nd daytime & Sunday July 23rd daytime
Splendour is held out at Belongil Fields and this year has
attracted a 14,000 plus crowd with tickets being sold out in a record
one and a half days, with such acts as Moby, Queens of the Stone Age,
Scribe, Shihad plus many great local bands and Dj's this year's concert
is sure to be a cracker!
Talking of "crackers" be sure to check out the 2FOUR8ONE store which
will be selling all its merchandise including its new winter range -
look for the high flying 2FOUR8ONE flags which will also make a great
Have a blast!