Bleach* Festival has given us a taste of what’s in store for next year’s event, releasing the first glimpse of its 2017 line-up.
It has been announced that next year Bleach* goers will be able to check out the world premiere of Frank Enstein – a new commission by contemporary dance companies The Farm and Co3 Australia. Rising star, actor, dancer and filmmaker Daniel Monks will take centre stage as the eponymous Frank, who creates a series of übermensch (hyper athletic monsters). The new production, which features magic, breathtakingly physical dance, an original score and a wicked sense of humour, is designed to appeal to children and adults.
Bleach* Festival’s Artistic Director Louise Bezzina said Frank Enstein’s themes of body image and physicality were a sign of things to come from Bleach* Festival 2017, which would embrace all things sport and art in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games 2018.
“We are working with more than 20 local and national arts companies for Bleach* to put together a diverse program of amazing physical feats, exciting mini-festivals championing local musicians, challenging site-specific theatre and participatory arts projects,” Ms Bezzina said. “We are particularly proud to be commissioning new work from many of Australia’s smaller, innovative companies like The Farm and Co3 Australia. The Farm have been part of every Bleach* Festival since they re-located their company to the Gold Coast four years ago. They are the forefront of the city’s flourishing arts community, working internationally and creating new productions here.”
Frank Enstein will have its world premiere at Bleach* Festival on Friday 31 March 2016 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, with two more performances scheduled during the festival. Tickets to the three performances of Frank Enstein during Bleach* will go on sale on December 1.
Bleach* Festival will be held across two weeks and three huge weekends from 31 March to 16 April. The full program will be announced on 1 February 2017. For more information, visit: bleachfestival.com.au/