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Portent (a ritual)

A new musical work by Ad Lib Collective featuring Wind Up Bird, in collaboration with Andrew Nicholls 

Throughout human history solar eclipses have been viewed as omens of pending disaster. Inspired by the 2023 total solar eclipse in Exmouth Western Australia, celebrated contemporary artist Andrew Nicholls has conceived a suite of visual art works speculating about the disaster that this particular eclipse may have been foretelling, to be showcased at Holmes à Court Gallery @ No. 10 throughout February.

You are invited to join us at Holmes à Court Gallery for the world premiere of a musical work commissioned by the artist from acclaimed contemporary classical ensembles Ad Lib Collective and Wind Up Bird. Mimicking the timing of the Exmouth eclipse, audiences will experience a sense of the drama and beauty of this extraordinary solar event, with its frenetic build-up of energy, and the uncanny awe of the ‘moment of totality’. Part sonic performance experience and part-magickal ritual, Portent (a ritual) represents a unique collaboration of creative disciplines spanning the visual and performing arts.

Audiences are then invited to return to Holmes à Court Gallery @ No. 10 on Wednesday 7 February for the official launch of the Portent exhibition, as part of the 2024 Perth Festival which features the recording of this live performance.

Portent (a ritual)  

Sunday 4 February 2024

Performance #1

5.30pm - doors and bar open 

6.00pm - performance 

Performance #2

8.00pm - doors and bar open 

8.30pm - performance 

performance duration 50minutes

Holmes à Court @ No. 10, 

10 Douglas Street Gooyaman/West Perth

Tickets $35.00 concession; $40.00 full price


Ad Lib Collective: Thea Rossen (Percussion), Ashley Smith (Clarinets)

Wind Up Bird: James Ledger (Synths), Josiah Padmanabham (Synths)

Lighting: Alex Spartalis GSD

Sound: Azariah Felton

Portent exhibition opening (free admission) 

6pm-8pm Wednesday 7 February

See Perth Festival program listing here

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