For more than 20 years French artists Compagnie Carabosse have been setting things alight. Stonehenge, The Kremlin, A bring in Vietnam and a former prison in Morocco and now it’s Melbourne’s turn to see it’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens set alight with creative flame art that has to be seen t be believed in this years Fire Gardens. As part of the annual Melbourne International Arts Festival these luminary alchemists will transform the heritage gardens into a dreamscape of mystery and revelation unlike you’ve ever seen and I have to say after seeing it for myself last night it’s not something you’ll want to miss!
As you make your way through the gardens you are greeted by a trail of potted fires and moving artworks that play to a soundtrack of unforgotten dreams. Moving further in you are treated to glimpses of whats to come and by the time you’ve reached the incomparable rings of fire (and walked through them) you can almost smell whats coming ahead. As you pass the bend and head towards the lake excitement takes over and as you first see the mammoth spheres of leaping flames set alight infant of you and be set out to the lake to live you are instantly transfixed on the incredible power, mystery and revelation the flames bring as you sit and watch, while listening to a ballad of gathering hymns, you are told to explore further and as you head through to the other side of the gardens and see the sculptures that flicker and dance you are immediately awaken from. The inner personal journey you have just been taken from.
If you didn’t get a chance to see the sold out Fire Gardens show at this years Melbourne International Arts Festival then you truly missed out on something spectacularly beautiful. Take a look at some of my favourite moments from the intricately masterpiece of a show and make sure you keep an eye out for more of the annual Melbourne International Arts Festival shows, they’re not to be missed.