Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess

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Original Creative Work

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FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018


Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)




Newman R. & Collins B. (2018). Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess. FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018.


Take a pathway across Northbridge with a set of headphones and an open mind in this opera for one. Listen in as an original soundscape unfolds with stories of migration and patterns of human behaviour. Hear world-wide tales of struggle, joy and hope as the city comes alive in this immersive sonic storytelling experience.

Created by Perth-based Renée Newman, and made in collaboration with sound designer Ben Collins, Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess is a new Western Australian work and a world premiere exploring the form of the audio tour.

Borrowing from Francis Alÿs’s notion that walking is “with the speed culture of our time – a kind of resistance…a very immediate method for unfolding stories”, it strips back what we need – to live and love – by asking you to slow down. See the world as a moving picture, the streets your stage and the people your actors.

A meditation on hope, this mindful solo encounter in public space embraces how we are always moving, shifting, changing.

Additional Information

This work was a promenade work through the streets of Northbridge.

Start location: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.


30 January – 3 February 2018

6 – 10 February 2018

13 – 15 & 17 February 2018

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