HOTA launches WONDER – an 11-day program of awe-inspiring events, concerts and activations
Get set to treat your ears, eyes and mind with powerful live music, sensory art, dance, soundscapes, circus and film at HOTA this October – the city’s arts precinct has just announced a massive 11-day program of free and ticketed events, aptly named WONDER, which will run from October 1–11.
Headlining HOTA’s spring events program is Gaia – an awe-inspiring installation featuring a seven-metre replica of Earth, featuring exceptionally detailed images from NASA showing the globe’s surface the way only astronauts have witnessed before – from outer space. Created by multidisciplinary UK-based artist Luke Jerram (who is also responsible for Museum of the Moon, which captivated more than three-million people around the world), this is the first time the installation will be presented on Australia’s east coast and will be accompanied by a specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones. The installation will be suspended on HOTA’s Outdoor Stage day and night, rotating and float serenely, from October 1-11. If you head there on a Friday evening (October 2 and 9), you can chill at the Lawn Bar and take in the magnificent Gaia backdrop with a wine in hand as the sun sets, or ogle it in the daylight at the free outdoor Yoga on The Lawn sessions, held on Sundays (October 4 and 11) right under the majestic Earth replica.
On Saturday October 3, Sounds of Wanderlust, curated and directed by ARIA Award-winning guitar virtuosa Karin Schaupp, will light up the outdoor stage for a glorious Saturday night of tunes. It’ll feature performances by the Orava String Quartet, Yugambeh Youth Choir, Hungarian cello soloist Gyorgy Deri (his Australian debut!) and a magical solo performance from famed opera star, Jose Carbo.
The talented Gavin Webber from The Farm will highlight the WONDER program on Saturday October 10 with Return to Earth – an evening performance of contemporary dance, music and circus on the Outdoor Stage. Hear, Here will capture your attention – pop-up picnic radio station that has been specially made by Gold Coast artist Daniele Constance for listening while in the HOTA precinct. On Sunday October 11, a special broadcast of Hear, Here will be played on HOTA’s lake where a special guest (it’s a secret) will be floating on a boat as a live soundscape using specialised underwater equipment captivates audiences. The program rounds out in spectacular fashion with The Birth and Death of Stars – a live show of exotic rhythms and melodies by beat makers Mzaza, performed on the Outdoor Stage right underneath Gaia.
That’s just some of the highlights, folks – peep the full WONDER program here and start planning!
Image 1: The Farm, Art Work Agency
Image 2: Orava String Quartet, courtesy of HOTA
Image 3 and 6: Gaia, Luke Jerram
Image 4 and 5: courtesy of HOTA