In troubled times it’s comforting to think there may be a simple solution – and for one evening in Perth’s Forrest Place, there was.
In a city where suffering had descended, a giant spider – Aranea “a kind and compassionate creature of the night” built a web capable of catching and collecting all the woes of the people, the “fear, grief, anxiety, doubt, stress, anger, loss, sadness … all the darkness we seek to let go”. Her web was then set ablaze after a ritual of fire-twirling dance, relieving burdens and lightening hearts.
Cor Novis The Feast – a combination of installation, performance and sculpture by artist Hana Priest – enticed hundreds of viewers at ground level and the overlooking walkway.
The fiery spectacle was the finale to Strange Festival 2022, a collection of music, theatre and art events staged throughout the city.
Story and photographs © Danielle Berryman 2022