Issued Monday April 7, 2008
STRANGE FRUIT: SWOON!
Sydney Opera House Forecourt
“Wonderful outdoor entertainment that marries a European sensibility with mime, comedia dell’arte, dance and masterfully hidden athletic skill” The Australian
Aerial artists from Strange Fruit will enact an intriguing ritual of courtship, discovery and broken hearts on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt as part of the iconic venue’s free school holiday line-up.
The Melbourne-based performing arts company is expected to attract huge crowds when it performs Swoon! in front of the famous sails. This timeless romantic story of boy meets girl will be retold as a comic aerial spectacle three times daily from April 16 to 26.
The 20-minute shows at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 7pm (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays) are open to the general public as part of Sydney Opera House’s commitment to providing family entertainment.
Enjoyed and understood regardless of age, language and cultural background, Strange Fruit’s shows draw large and diverse audiences into a shared experience that reaffirms a sense of common humanity.
A fusion of theatre, dance and circus, the beauty and physicality of Swoon! celebrates human potential while the elevated performance platform and rhythmic movement creates a heartfelt and visceral response.
Perched atop 5m high flexible poles which bend and sway in the air, four daredevils tell an epic story of love, loss, joy and freedom up on high as the audience looks on in wonder. Set to a soundtrack from Mozart to swing, Swoon! is a lively and spirited treat for all ages.
An Australian design and invention, the poles were originally based on the image of a field of wheat swaying in the breeze. Their extreme strength and flexibility allows performers to bow to impossible angles, swaying back and forth with a hypnotic beauty that is truly remarkable.
With a repertoire that celebrates a wide variety of themes and stories, Strange Fruit has achieved broad appeal and global reach, performing regularly at festivals, special events and private functions.
Since 1994, the company has performed to in excess of 5 million people at more than 300 international festivals across 46 different countries. They have received The Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (1999), Silver Trophy at the Daidogei World Cup, Japan in 1999 and 2000 and The Premio Del Publico Award, Valladolid, Spain (2003).
Directly after the Sydney season, Strange Fruit will return to Mexico with Cupidity and The Spheres for the Zapopum Festival in Guadalajara.
“Wistful and funny, breathtakingly simple and yet strange and mysterious…sublime.” The Australian
Season Details: Swoon!
Dates/Times: Wednesday 16 April at 6pm and 7pm. Thursday 17 to Saturday 26 April at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 7pm. No shows Monday or Tuesday.
Information: (02) 9250 7777