Testimonials

Art Gallery of WA (2015)

“I love what Proximity is: a completely unique and extraordinary performance journey.”

“Almost all of the performances this year were fantastic. Really enjoyable experience. The organisation and attendants were really helpful and friendly. Proximity festival is now definitely one of the things I really look forward to.”

“It’s a very special festival. It’s kind of amazing that it can exist, with the limited tickets – but I’m so very glad it does.”

“This was the first time I went to a Proximity event and was pretty nervous, but the ushers were really helpful and the performers were great. All performances were so powerful and sophisticated.”

“Intimate, life affirming, playful, perspective-shifting.”

“I think Proximity is a really interesting experiment and when it works it’s brilliant…”

Fremantle Arts Centre (2014)

“Great to discover myself all over again. Loving, letting go, and creating a new fresh vision for the future.”

“I loved not knowing what to expect. The variety made the whole experience much bigger than the time allowed. Really enjoyed it!”

“What a beautiful program to take part in. Such personal connections, contemplation, physical closeness. Trusting and being trusted (thanks Jen Jamieson), consideration of a loved one (thanks Alina), a little but of crazy joyousness (one hell of a workout Tanya) and a calmness in the dark (looking forward to my letter). Once again I just loved this experience and fell so privileged to share it.”

“Beautifully orchestrated-sequencing was great, Inspirational and very thought provoking. The concept was totally out of my comfort zone and expectations and trepidations were high.”

“Amazing – such a journey that twists and turns each performance – I really feel like I was led on a thoughtful, generous and magical journey. Quite a privilege to have a private moment with each performer. I really enjoyed the quiet sense of space and reflective quality of Program C. The level of touch and contact (physical) in these works were excellent – a hearty congrats to all the artists!”

“A huge contrast and variety of experiences. I was completely moved on so many levels. The vast array of emotions I felt to very deep levels include joy, scared, intrigued, sad, shocked, confused, traumatically upset. My mind is struggling to express in words what I just experienced! All were thought provoking and have moved me and touched me deeply very profound.”

Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (2014)

“I found Proximity to be a very complete experience. There was so much integrity and thoughtful care in every work and such great variety. I was moved to tears, calmed, terrified, involved, amused, reassured, and confronted in various turns.”

“It made me sad to realise that I had a whole pile of these worlds as a child, and I was inspired to contemplate new ideas and feel nervous. Proximity also encouraged me to plan my funeral! It was an incredibly generous series of performances.”

“It was very soothing to spend time in a space with a time limit on every interaction. It was interesting to navigate the different levels of power, responsibility and engagement that each performer expected. I didn’t anticipate how much I would feel like a performer myself.”

“Wow! It was amazing! AMAZING! Well, I’m still shocked that I just killed Moya Thomas. Oh gosh, what have I done? Anyway, gosh I’m still excited! I’ve always loved Proximity. I learned a lot about life and humanity, thank you so much.”

“It made me sad to realise that I had a whole pile of these worlds as a child, and I was inspired to contemplate new ideas and feel nervous. Proximity also encouraged me to plan my funeral! It was an incredibly generous series of performances.”

“Proximity was totally thought provoking, unsettling and somehow comforting, even though I was in a morgue. It also gave me so much joy to bring the gorgeous puppet to life.”