"(This) company has achieved near-cult status in almost every continent across the globe."The Herald Sun
Over three days Port Arthur Historic Site will play host to a glorious outdoor performance by Melbourne’s internationally celebrated Strange Fruit. Created in collaboration with composer Graeme Leak, part-ritual, part-spectacle and part-soundscape, Ringing the Changes sees the Strange Fruit performers perched atop their unique five-metre poles, swaying among and playing a set of tuned bells. The effect is mesmeric, moving and intoxicating, building from quiet meditation to a crescendo of massed bells and percussion.
Graeme Leak will be in residence at the Tasman District School in the week leading up to the performance. The second performance on Sunday, 27 March, at 2.30pm will see the fruits of their labours included within the performance. Spend the day at this amazing World Heritage site and learn the story of Port Arthur’s own historic church bells.
Bring along a picnic, find a spot on the lawns of the Penitentiary and enjoy a magical spectacle of sound and motion. On Sunday 27 March, a gourmet barbecue featuring selected Tasmanian produce will be available for purchase.
Download: factsheet on the Port Arthur Historic Bells
Composer/Conductor: Graeme Leak
Director: Sue Broadway
Choreographer: Nancy Sposato
Costume Designer: Laurel Frank
Set Designer: Michael Baxter
Director on Tour: Phillip Gleeson