Proximity 2014

It’s a deceptively simple premise – just one artist and one audience member at a time.

Now in its third year, Proximity Festival remains the only one-on-one performance platform of it’s kind in Australia. Nine days of experimental micro-performances, masterclasses, discussions and celebrations.

Breathe air from different ages on Earth, cut loose in a 60 second twerk, climb rooftops in search of love, sit behind the wheel with a learner driver and discover what memory tastes like.

This year’s Festival brings together artists from Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States working across theatre, dance, live-art and visual art to create twelve personalised experiences inviting you to reconsider what performance can be.

Schedule some alone time with us. We’ve built this Festival from the ground up with one person in mind – you.

PROGRAM A) Cat Jones, Caroline Garcia, Toyi-Toyi Theatre, Ian Sinclair
PROGRAM B) James Berlyn, Alina Tang, Jen Jamieson, Tanya Lee
PROGRAM C) Loren Kronemyer, Emily Parsons-Lord, Hallie Shellam, Sylvia Rimat

Curated by Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli Mccluskey
Co-presented by Fremantle Arts Centre


Wed 22 – Sat 25 Oct & Wed 29 – Sun 2 Nov | 6.15pm, 7.30pm, 8.45pm
$35 +bf Four performance program (1 hour) | $85 +bf Marathon of 12 performances (3 hr, 45 mins incl intervals)
To view the full performance program click here 


Sat 11 & Sun 12 Oct | 10am – 5pm | $200 (20 places available)
For the first time, we’re offering a two-day intensive on making intimate, participatory performance led by Julie Vulcan and James Berlyn.
More info and registration.

Symposium Sat 25 October 2 – 5pm | FREE – RSVP
An afternoon of discussions and debates pulling apart participation led by key national and international artists, curators and Festival directors.
More info and program. 

Opening Celebration: Party for 1 Sat 25 October 6.30pm – 10.30pm | FREE – RSVP
An evening of one-off performances, sweet tunes and hidden surprises in FAC courtyard. Program announced October.

Curator: Sarah Rowbottam and Kelli Mccluskey
Producer: Sarah Rowbottam
Advisor/Provocateur: James Berlyn
Provocateur: Julie Vulcan
Marketing Manager: Thom Smyth
Stage Manager: Mary Wolfla
Technical Manager: Collin Best
Curatorium: Robert Cook (Art Gallery of WA), Jeff Khan (Performance Space), Leigh Robb (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts), Ric Spencer (Fremantle Arts Centre), Fiona Winning (Sydney Festival), David Williams (Australian Theatre Forum), and independent artists Martyn Coutts and Julie Vulcan.

Photo by Tarryn Gill