"… like living statues soaring between heaven
and earth…their heads in the sky, hearts close to
the sun … produced brilliantly eclectic images that
pay homage to Michelangelo, Mary Poppins, Folon and Magritte.”
madness or simply wonderful rang the commentary
of the amazed audience about the joyous performance taking
place high over their heads..."
"Swoon! will make hearts go
pitter-pat no matter how old the viewer."
The Chicago Sun Times
>additional press and audience reactions
Established in 1994, Australia's Strange Fruit is a much-celebrated
touring company that creates and performs a unique style of
performance for audiences worldwide. Based in Melbourne, Australia,
the company performs atop fourteen foot flexible poles, bending
and swaying to impossible angles while combining elements
of theatre, dance, and circus. With a repertoire that has
a universal appeal and is accessible to all cultures and ages...
FOR EVENT PLANNERS and PRESENTERS:
This one-of-a-kind company offers customized performances and set repertoire (below) for every occasion - private parties, corporate gatherings, gala celebrations and special events - delighting your clients and audiences with magical performances atop 14 foot sway poles.
Swoon! (25 min. no intermission)
Swoon! is a 20 minute performance where 4 daredevils tell a spectacular story of love, loss, joy and
freedom up on high. It was awarded the Second Prize at the
1999 and 2000 Shizuoka Daidogei World Cup, and has been performed
worldwide. Swoon! is a vital, spirited performance
with spectacular image-making and seductive comedy. Accompanied
by a unique and eclectic soundtrack blending some classics
with original music, the audience is taken on a journey of
beauty, love and laughter.
(4-person cast, 20 min. no intermission)
(5-person cast, 20 min. no intermission)
(7-person cast, 40 min. no intermission)
The Spheres is a cosmic and awe inspiring performance that
takes a whimsical look at physics, the miracle of rebirth
and power behind these two phenomena. Four, five, or seven celestial beings
emerge out of illuminated globes to recount a tale of transformation
and wonder. This dazzling quartet version of The Spheres is
twenty or forty minutes depending on cast size, and for presentation at nighttime only.
A note from the company about the name, “Australia’s Strange Fruit”
The company was founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1994, with the founders of the company having no knowledge of the Billie Holiday song. The name Australia’s Strange Fruit intends no reference to the song, and we will continue to seek the advice of the festivals that engage us, and our US representation, as to how we consider any usage of the name.
The name “Strange Fruit” came from a dream by the creator of the apparatus with which we work, and on which our shows are based. The dream was of a field of wheat swaying in the wind, which led to the creation of our flexible poles. Strange, brightly colored fruit were atop the strands, which he saw as performers in bright costumes... >more info
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