|Co-production||HANDSPAN THEATRE and CIRCUS OZ|
|Venue||Yarra River, Southgate, Melbourne|
I DREAMT I COULD FLY was commissioned by the Melbourne Moomba Festival for nightly performances on a barge on the Yarra River during the 1994 Moomba Festival long weekend. Moomba approached Handspan about the project in 1993 and suggested the theme of flying.
The work combined aerial artistry with large scale imagery. Using fulcrums and scissor lifts and illuminated by spectacular lighting, its central character, The Dreamer, rose and fell and revolved with her bed, as her dreams pushed towards. The Flier, inspired by birds soaring above, tried mechanical techniques to get airborne. His attempts parodied early flying experiments of the Wright Brothers until he succeeded. He appeared, suspended from an overhead crane, to launch himself from the rooftops that topped the barge setting. Flying high he became Icarus and his wings burst into flame, adding magic to the tricks of circus and animated imagery that made the production.
I DREAMT I COULD FLY was choreographed to a powerful soundtrack that mixed music from Sally Potter's film Orlando with recorded voice-overs between the astronauts and Houston during Apollo 11's historic flight to the Moon.
Each night, the barge stage was towed upriver to the Princes Bridge/Southgate basin in the centre of Melbourne where the audience could view the half hour performance from the riverbanks.
On the last night of the Festival, the barge was included in the Moomba River Pageant, one of a flotilla of several performance stages 'floats' on the river. The whole spectacle concluded in a firework display Festival finale. I DREAMT I COULD FLY was the front page colour picture story in the Melbourne daily The Age the next day.
|10 - 14 March||Yarra River, Southbank, for Melbourne Moomba Festival|
|Total audience||Est. 100,000 live & 1.5 million television|