Over three days, the Port Arthur Historic Site will play host to a glorious outdoor performance entitled “Ringing the Changes” by Australia’s internationally celebrated Strange Fruit.
The event is presented as part of Ten Days on the Island 2011, and this season will mark a welcome return to Port Arthur for this extraordinary ensemble, whose performance at the Historic Site was a highlight of the inaugural Ten Days festival in 2001.
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. During the residency, he will work with students and members of the local community. The second performance of Ringing the Changes on Sunday 27 March, at 2.30pm, will see the fruits of their labours included within the performance.
Spend the day at the amazing World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site and learn the story of Port Arthur’s own historic church bells. Bring a picnic, find a spot on the lawns in front 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.
Strange Fruit – “Ringing the Changes”
Port Arthur Historic Site, 25-27 March, 2011 at 12noon and 2.30pm
Duration: 25 minutes (no interval)
25-26 March – normal Site entry fees apply
27 March – special Site entry fees apply – Full $20, Concession $15, Child $10, Families $40 (2 adults and up to six children)