Wanted: performers

Performers are now being sought for a major nine-night community event at the 25-hectare Bungarribee Park in Doonside.

They include entertainers involved in large or small, casual, formal, musical, social, corporate, theatrical, school, celebratory, avant-garde, amateur, professional, ‘carnivalesque’, circus, talks and poetry recitals.

Those selected will perform in the Western Sydney Parklands park lit by spectacular balloon sculpture, Sleepers Awake, floating up to 80 metres high from May 17 to 26.

The program featuring western Sydney’s largest temporary public artwork is the second collaboration between The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

Trust manager of development and strategy, Yolanda Gil said Sleepers Awake program would transform a vacant site into a recreational park and community hub.

She said British artists and creators of Sleepers Awake, Ivan and Heather Morison, had sought expressions of interest from local entertainers to provide nightly performances between 5.30 to 7.30pm on a stage located beneath their sculpture.

Ms Morison said the event would establish the parklands is open to everyone, a blank canvas to everyone’s ideas and needs.

‘‘ We want people to feel it’s a place where they define their own uses. The performance program would instil that possibility,’’ she said.

MCA C3West curator Anne Loxley said ‘Sleepers Awake is an ambitious artistic and public engagement project to respond to the environment of western Sydney.

‘‘ It shows the power of art to reinvigorate the natural landscape – even if only temporarily – and to celebrate the idea of community.’’

For more information about the EOI process visit bungarribeeprecinct.com.au/sleepers-awake.

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