Seeking basic needs and other tales of excess

by Renée Newman with Ben Collins| 27 January – 17 February 2018

The streets are your stage.

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.

Presented for FRINGE WORLD Festival 2018

Creative team
Conceived, Written & Directed by
Renée Newman
Composition & Sound Design: Ben Collins
Dramaturgs: Steve Bull & Marcella Polain
Cultural Advisor: Ian Wilkes

  • Date & Times
    27 January
    Season: 30 January – 3 February
    6 – 10 February
    13 – 15 & 17 February
    Sessions: Tuesday – Thursday, 5.45pm & 7.30pm
    Friday – Saturday, 4pm, 5.45pm & 7.30pm
    Artist talk: Renée Newman in conversation with James Berlyn
    6 February, 6.45pm

  • Tickets
    Preview $20
    Standard $29
    Groups 6+ $25


  • Bookings
    Strict limited capacity. Online bookings through FRINGE WORLD Festival.

    Booking enquiries after 5pm on the day of the show should be made directly to PICA’s Reception on 9228 6300.

  • Location

    Streets of Northbridge. Start location at PICA.

  • Warnings

    This work is a promenade work across Northbridge that requires wearing an audio headset. It begins and ends at PICA. Please be prepared for walking and wear comfortable shoes. For sound sensitivities and accessibility requests please contact PICA on 9228 6300.

    Patrons will be required to provide photo ID and a credit card upon signout out of the audio headsets. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the advertised start time as latecomers will not be admitted.

    Recommended ages: 15+

  • Duration

    60 minutes