WinterWild Apollo Bay

 

Performance Projects & Arts Initiatives
Creative Partnerships : Performance Projects : Collaborations

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Eloise is a major creative partner of WinterWild Apollo Bay Festival.

She has worked extensively with director Roderick Poole to create outdoor performances for festivals held in 2017 and 2018. This was inclusive of four performances.

WinterWild is an annual festival that reflects and embraces the harsh elements of the Southern Otways winter and celebrates the wild side of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road.

The Festival received funding and support from Regional Development Victoria to help rebuild the local economy after the devastating Christmas Day fires of 2015.

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. Death
Weekend

THE SACRIFICE
AUGUST 2018
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BIRTH
Weekend

CANDESCENCE
AUGUST 2018
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WATER
Weekend

BONFIRE
JULY 2017
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FIRE
Weekend

THE PHOENIX
AUGUST 2017
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. Major Contributing Artist
Eloise was invited to collaborate directly with Festival Director Roderick Poole to conceive, choreograph and perform the ceremonial outdoor performance for the Death Weekend, The Dog Watch.
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. The Dog Watch
“the wildness of the Otways with generous doses of fire and spectacle. This year The Sacrifice is being created by festival director Roderick Poole and collaborator Elle Wood. Details of the event were to have been shrouded in secrecy, but many rumors are circulating the town. Some say a ghostly rider will appear out of the mists, others that an animal could meet its end. The most serious rumor involves the sacrifice of a child. Protests are planned. The only way to find out the truth is to be there.”
The Apollo Bay Harbour to the Festival Brazier
from 6:30PM Sat 11th August 2018.

http://winterwildapollobay.com.au/sacrifice/
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Artist Responsibilities

  • Choreography
  • Costume Collaboration with Designers and Makers
  • Stage makeup
  • Attending rehearsals and on-site meetings
  • Rehearsals scheduling and administration
  • Sound Tech liaison
  • Music score curation
  • Performance and Stilt Artist
  • Festival Correspondence and liaison with festival management
  • Project and budget management
  • Dance and Workshop Facilitator

“Everything has its price. As long as anyone can remember, the people of Apollo Bay have paid an annual tribute. In the depths of winter, when souls are battered and spirits are at their lowest ebb, a sacrifice is made. It is to ward off Winter’s worst and speed the arrival of Spring. This year the sacrifice will be a big one; a dear one. From the harbour to the brazier, join the procession and count the cost.

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. Key Artist Engagement
Eloise assisted in the narrative and performance outline, costumes, choreography, and the performance soundtrack. Eloise performed her role in the piece on stilts. Along with the core performance piece, Eloise designed and facilitated two dance workshops with Apollo Bay P12 School which included assisted mask and prop design.
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. Performance Description
THE SACRIFICE
The Festival opened with a processional performance which lead towards a ‘Sacrifice’. A small girl was rowed across the harbor by her parents to be met at the wharf by a Priest and Priestess. A ghostly horse rider approached the small assembly along the beach to gather the girl up into the saddle. A procession formed behind them including various farm animals, children bearing flaming torches, musicians and townspeople. In pouring rain, the procession forged forward along the foreshore and arrived before a giant effigy of Charon standing in his ferry. Charon demanded the child as a sacrifice, but the girl tricked Charon and set him alight. As the huge figure burned, the townspeople celebrated and the festival began.
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Further Links:

YouTube Promo

News.com.au Article Online

The AGE Article Online

WinterWild Apollo Bay

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. Major Contributing Artist
Eloise collaborated with Festival Director Roderick Poole for the Birth Weekend outdoor performance. Candescence was created as the sequel to The Sacrifice.
Eloise conceived the pentacle circle, initiation and blood ceremony to represent the transformation of ‘girl’ to ‘wild woman’.
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. Key Artist Engagement
Eloise assisted in the narrative and performance outline, costumes, choreography, and the performance soundtrack. Eloise’s performance role in this piece was a carefully crafted stilt act.
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Artist Responsibilities

  • Choreography
  • Costume Collaboration with Designers and Makers
  • Stage makeup
  • Attending rehearsals and on site meetings
  • Scheduling Rehearsals
  • Sound Tech liaison
  • Music score curation
  • Performance and Stilt Artist
  • Festival Correspondence and liaison with festival management
  • Project and budget management
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. Performance Description
CANDESCENCE
Candescence was the sequel to The Sacrifice and ended the festival season.The young girl reappeared in the middle of the town on horseback, victoriously holding aloft the charred head of Charon. Led by the Priest and Priestess and along with a band of musicians, her parents and torch bearers, she is taken through a ritual before the giant brazier. The girl is taken through a circle of fire and blood, then proceeds alone towards the brazier. In a burst of fire and smoke she is transformed into a goddess who dances up a storm of music, blood and fire.
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. The Water themed weekend performance in 2017 was Eloise’s first collaboration with WinterWild. In collaboration with Festival Director Roderick Poole, along with a team of local artists, sculptors and designers, Eloise assisted with the creative curation of a 10 minute outdoor performance piece created for the Dog Watch, a free event on the Apollo Bay Foreshore. Up to 400 locals braved the cold and gathered on the foreshore to share and experience the performance.

“THE DOG WATCH – The Dog Watch is the evening watch at the Festival. As darkness falls, the punters are invited to don their winter wool and wander to the Apollo Bay foreshore and join performing artists for words, dance and wonder by the foreshore bonfire.” ~ WinterWild ~

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. Performance Description
BONFIRE
In an epic battle, a ship in full sail with a spirited figurehead and accompanying sea nymphs is confronted by a monster from the deep. Using choreography and pyrotechnics the battle is played out, yet ends up in a surprising love scene and celebratory conflagration. The ship is burnt and the figurehead and monster live happily ever after, with the rebellious nymphs reluctantly tagging along.
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Artist Engagement & Responsibilities

  • Choreography Collaborator  
  • Theatre and Dance Facilitator
  • Rehearsal Schedules and administration  
  • Costume Collaboration
  • Stage makeup
  • Music
  • Performance Artist
  • Festival Correspondence
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. Media & Promotions

  • Eloise featured in Festivals promotions, the Herald Sun, The Age
    (Image Doug Gimesy)
  • The Herald Sun – July 3, 2017 Pictured – Eloise and the Nymphs
  • Geelong Advertiser- July 3rd, 2017 “Water has crowd wild about winter”
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. Following the success of their first performance collaboration in the Water Weekend held on the 2nd  July 2017, Eloise was invited by Festival Director Roderick Poole to join the team for a second time to create an independent work for the WinterWild 2017 final Fire themed weekend and finale performance at The Dog’ Watch bonfire.

Eloise conceived, developed, designed, choreographed, and formed The Phoenix troupe consisting of 8 local artists and fire dancers in less than two weeks.

“The Dog Watch is a celebration of destruction and resurgence. The brazier is lit for the final time as the WildWood is carried to the water’s edge before being set alight, sending our secrets and stories into the darkness. The Offering that has been tended carefully since the night before will now be served.”

WinterWild

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. Artist Performance Concept
Eloise curated a performance piece titled The Phoenix, symbolising rebirth and the regeneration of life. Aligning with key themes of the WinterWild Festival, key funding objectives and manifesto, The Phoenix was an ode to the Christmas Day bushfires that ravaged the region in 2017, the symbolic rebuilding of community and place through movement and myth.
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Artist Engagement & Responsibilities

  • Director
  • Choreography
  • Talent scout and curator
  • Rehearsal schedules and administration
  • Costume Collaboration and working with Designers
  • Stage makeup
  • Music score
  • Performance Artist
  • Festival Correspondence and liaison with festival management
  • Project and budget management
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. Performance Description
Performance Project Timeline: July 30 – August 12, 2017The Phoenix was a two part outdoor performance.
Part one: The Phoenix, Dancers and Sentinels first appeared on the beach at the lighting of the Wildwood Tree. They performed a ceremonial performance piece around the burning sculpture to live drumming and song. This was followed by a pyrotechniques display.Part two: The Phoenix troupe then reappeared at the foreshore and main performance area where the ceremonial WinterWild brazier fire was lit.  As the fire burned The Phoenix came to life with LED lights and shimmering wings spanning over three metres. The choreography placed emphasis on sculptural slow movement sequences and built in intensity as the fire grew.The spark of life. The Fire Dancers accompanied the latter part of the performance and audience members were invited to join the revelry.

Costume and Props
All costumes and props used in The Phoenix were a collaboration between Eloise, Jen Farthing,Creative Garment Designer and Maker, and Headpiece and Props Specialist Hoya Wolfgang.
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