'Fred and Ginger is what the soul and heart of The Fringe Festival is all about: small, unusual acts that find fertile soil inside and set down their fragile roots, from which great things grow.'
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“A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you the less you know.”
- Diane Arbus
Phyllis Wong, the mysterious woman behind the lens has never failed to realise my vision. Oh, who's Phyllis? She is the person responsible for capturing the essence of Fred and Ginger and Macondo's Clothesline in still images. We've collaborated together on more than one occasion, sworn to kill each other, we serve as each other's muse.
It feels good when you find a true collaborator, it's kinda like a marriage (for lack of a better word) but without the sexy times. Errr..umm that is a marriage. Anyway, I digress. I am super excited because during the week long run of Fred and Ginger Phyllis' photographic works will be exhibited at The Old 505 Theatre foyer/lounge room area. This crazy sought-after photographer is leaving to HK wuaaaah : ( and I am going to miss her so. But, we'll always have Paris :)
The Journey of Fred and Ginger, Photographic exhibition by Phyllis Wong
Sharing the fondness of absurdity with Artistic director Alicia González, Phyllis Wong (Phyllis Photography) used photography and visual arts as a media to present the concept and Fred and Ginger. Alongside with the development of Fred and Ginger, Phyllis Wong joined the journey by documenting its creation in form of photographic art.
“Diane Arbus, a big influence on my work, her works examined subject’s relevance to the society, her works subtly express the feelings of uncertainty and alienation. This series of work explored the characters of Fred and Ginger. Through Diane Arbus’ works, I understand the importance of the relationship between the photographer and the subject/ character. Knowing the subject/character is an investment that enriches the contents and emotions of a photograph; as a result it elevates it as an artform.”
Phyllis’ photographic works will be exhibited at The Old 505 Theatred during the season of Fred and Ginger.
xx Mucho amore
Marquez' current creative endeavor Fred & Ginger is coming along nicely. But shit can go wrong.
What one must do is turn the panic attack down a notch and into an opportunity - a creative challenge can open up a host of new ideas and possibilities. Although we're extremely happy for Naomi Livingstone landing a lead role in The Crucible this equally sucks since we had already invested a great deal in engaging the media as well as submitting the creative concept for the Sydney Fringe Festival print program, blah blah. Now we have a poster image of Naomi's face but no Naomi. Fuck. What to do? what to do?! Sans Naomi. While she can never be replaced there are some exciting ideas floating around to bring her back alive (Frankenstein style) such as mask work, puppetry, projection. All is not lost. Phew.
Although all this faffing around has set us back a tad we still have 2 months to create this monster freak show universe. We are currently rehearsing (I use this term loosely) and researching and digging for a potential narrative. The concept for the work started with the Twins photo taken by Diane Arbus and it's taken us on a soul searching ride. We've found that the photo's twin freakishness has roused intrigue and inspired the idea of telling a story around soul mateship. There's this notion that if you're a twin that you're already complete (or want to be free from), or if you don't have a twin soul you are missing something in your life. The exploration continues!
We love working with the talented Keyna Wilkins. A genius musical improviser. A gem. In awe of her ability to create original music and affect a scene or character's temperature so effortlessly (I am sure it's hard work deep down inside!). On this note, stay tuned for more updates, like us, follow us. Don't panic.
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