Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, Dancenorth Australia and Perth Festival proudly present WAYFINDER, the first of the 2024 BREC Presents announcements. WAYFINDER is the result of a special relationship held between Perth Festival and BREC. This year, Bunbury audiences are in for a feast of the senses with WAYFINDER on February 10. Set on a custom-made inflatable stage, WAYFINDER ignites the imagination as it brings together a visual spectacle with movement and music. The gravity-defying movements of Dancenorth Australia combined with the sounds of three-time Grammy-nominated Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote and sound artist Byron J. Scullin create a unique experience bringing pleasure and wonder. An exhilarating experience, WAYFINDER is physically exuberant with resonating sound and collective excitement that explodes on to the stage with combined dance, music and visual art. Described as “positively transcendental” by the Courier Mail, this show offers a different storytelling experience through music, lighting, movement and textiles, as well as unique audience interaction with light and sound ‘pearls’. It’s directed by Amber Haines and Kyle Page as an experience that recognises the importance of connection. An undulating sound sculpture condenses and expands immersing audiences into a new sound dimension. Japanese-Australian visual artist Hiromi Tango offers her artwork to both the stage design and costumes for this sublime new performance, featuring lighting design by Niklas Pajanti. BREC patrons and audience members also have an opportunity to contribute to the remarkable set by making colourful finger-knitted yarn creations in the lead-up and before the show with recycled wool. These ‘Yarning with BREC’ sessions will take place in the Sky Bar as part of the BREC International Film Festival Summer 2024, at the Bunbury Fringe Hub at Stirling Street Arts Centre, Eaton Library and Capel Library. When the Superstrand is complete there will be a unfurling down Victoria Street. Dancenorth artistic director Kyle Page said, “Every pair of hands that touches the yarn weaves into the story and connects us to the show”. The finger-knitting is meant to encourage deeper engagement with the experience of WAYFINDER and modern dance. WAYFINDER will remind the audience of a state of being that transcends the words that have come to define us. The production was commissioned by Brisbane Festival and North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA). Sponsors include Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, and The Australian Government through Creative Australia and the Minderoo Foundation and Synergy. Dancenorth is also assisted by Creative Australia, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Dancenorth Australia is supported by Townsville City Council through their Strategic Partnerships Program, and acknowledges the Wayfinder Giving Circle, who has supported the making of this work.