A HUGE weather balloon that goes by the name of “Daisy” – who is so big she is filled with a leaf blower – is on her way to Ballarat.
Daisy will be joined by dozens of other balloons, each of them contributing to a magical and abstract children’s performance entitled The Moon’s a Balloon.
Patch Theatre Company from Adelaide has captured some of that magic, and is working with Federation University performing arts students to bring the “impossibility” of balloons to stage.
The abstract dance and physical performance aimed at igniting the imagination of four to eight-year-olds.
Director Naomi Edwards said children loved the impossibility of balloons – filled with air, floating, resilient and yet bursting with an angry bang.
“It’s an object that’s a particular shape and behaves a particular way that is unlike any other object,” she said.
“Then there’s the connection with parties and celebrations.
“(Also), there are lots of moments in the show where the balloon behaves quite magically because of the technical allusions we’re making.”
She said children were also surprisingly good at comprehending abstract art.
“In actual fact they are better at dealing with abstract forms than adults,” she said.
“The work is geared to four to eight-year-olds and (at that age) all they do is make connections between things...they’re putting the world together.
“When they’re given strong images and actions, they can make their own connections in a beautiful and imaginative way.”
Ms Edwards described the show as a “visual poem” where each child interpreted what they were seeing in a different way.
“Very strong visual images together create a story through a series of play and interaction,” she said.
“I love hearing what they’ve interpreted it to be. Each child has their journey with the show as they’re bringing their own imagination with it.”
The Moon’s a Balloon will be performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre on May 25 and 26. For tickets, visit www.hermaj.com