Jump head first into Melbourne Fringe 2018 with the Fringiest of Fringe – a seriously not-so-serious line up of Fringe-y events that will tickle the mind and enliven the spirit. Highlights include:
Meat (28 – 30 Sept, Abbotsford Convent)
It wouldn’t be Fringe if there wasn’t a dance show about…meat. Goodbye conscious consumer, hello capitalist perfection. From your farm to your fridge and all neatly disguised for your ethical pleasure. Meat is a contemporary dance work choreographed by Tui Hofmann in collaboration with Dance Plant Collective. Unwrap the meat industry and explore its social and environmental implications in an immersive and penetrating dive into the unsettling psychology of consumption.
The 24 Hour Dance Project (28 Sept, Testing Grounds)
For a participatory dance experience like no other, join Freya McGrath as she dances for 24 hours. Inspired by the iconic dance films of the 80’s, this is a ritual dance extravaganza. Dance with Freya. Dance as Freya. Dance alone, or in a crowd however Freya will not eat, sleep or rest unless you take her place.
Retreat (15 Sept, Brunswick Mechanics Institute)
For a throat tickling challenge, join an army of strangers and artist Ben Landau as they carry one unbroken hum for a casual 24 hours. All are welcome to hum-in at any time as reverberations bounce off the walls and envelop participants.
Cam Venn – Charles Horse Lays an Egg (14 – 29 Sept, Fringe Hub: Lithuanian Club)
Containing nudity, sexual references and bum holes, this 18+ NSFW event is not to be missed. From the creator of Balls Deep this surreal sci-fi physical comedy is not for the faint hearted, as Cam Venn winner of the Golden Gibbo at MICF 2018, literally lays an egg on stage.
19 Magnified Observations (23 Sept, Brunswick Town Hall)
As a Melbourne icon, the No. 19 Tram deserves an event of its own and that’s exactly why choreographers, Stephanie Harrison and Jonathan Homsey have joined forces to host a durational contemporary dance performance in tribute. Let the narrative unravel as they re-interpret their observations of passengers and the rituals they keep, on this most popular and beloved route.
Break Up (23 Sept, Fringe Hub: Arts House – Festival Club)
There’s no better way to break your heart than with a five-hour long break up. Witness the desperation, negotiation, devastation and emotional blackmail as Binge Culture lovingly create and destroy an entire relationship from scratch. Performed in banana costumes of course!
For times and locations, check out www.melbournefringe.com.au. Melbourne Fringe is a big, bold and gloriously playful celebration of independent art that takes over the city from 13 to 30 September 2018. See established and emerging artists stand side-by-side, making Fringe a fun, affordable way to experience art in Melbourne through the games we play.