"This highly imaginative, whimsical performance creates powerful imaginative worlds, where the non-dominating human-animal becomes one species within a multi-species world." Denise Varney, for Conservatory 2020 (IFTR Conference Galway 2021)
Created in collaboration between Melinda Hetzel & Co. and Niow, ‘Conservatory' is a playful, live-streamed performance-installation for all ages.
‘Conservatory’ invites you to step into the dream-world reality of a solitary character living within a plant-filled greenhouse. Watch on as they play, dance, dream, lose hope, and find it again. An unexpected coming-of-age story, played out through music, dance, theatre, sparklers and a little fairy floss, during these, the strangest of times.
The sun sets, the world transforms, time slows down, as the cameras, and the plants, start to take over.
Performed live by Niow (Cirque du Soleil, Polyglot) from within an historic conservatory. Simultaneously live-streamed free to your device.
This rainbow-friendly, durational experience unfolds progressively over the course of the evening, across all three performance sessions. Attend in person or online, or both - by streaming live to your device whilst watching through the windows at the green house.
Conservatory premiered as part of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2020 and was nominated for Best Experimental Performance. The premiere season was supported by the City of Stonnington.
Photos (header and slideshow): Pia Johnson featuring Niow.
Creative Team -
Co-created by Melinda Hetzel & Co. and Niow
Artistic Director - Melinda Hetzel
Performer/ Designer - Niow
Sound Designer / Composer - Sharyn Brand
Lighting Designer / Live-stream support - Paul Lim (additive)
Production Manager - Emily O’Brien
Stage Manager - James Lipari
Dramaturg - Steph O’Hara
Photography / Collaborator - Pia Johnson
Horticultural consultant / Plant installation - Claire Hetzel
Relaxed in consultation with A-tistic Theatre.
We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners and true custodians of the unceded lands where 'Conservatory' was created, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
We acknowledge that we are facing a Climate Emergency and the pivotal role First Nations people continue to play in protecting and caring for Country.
Premiere Season details -
Date: Saturday 21st November 2020
Time: 3pm-10:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: Historic Conservatory, Central Park, Malvern
148 Burke Rd, Malvern East, Vic
For Parents/ Carers: this work is designed to be experienced together, adult supervision of children is recommended [PG]
Content: may contain imagery relating to climate change, Covid-19, mental health, gender diversity, and haze effects. Please see content discussion in our Relaxed Guide for further details.
[RP] Relaxed performance