Tangle invites children and their families to create a giant, vibrant, interactive artwork that shifts and grows over time.
As they enter, each child is given a ball of colourful elastic thread which they can weave in and around tall golden poles. Gradually, a spectacular, multi-coloured, ever-changing landscape forms – a fascinating place to play, explore and bounce. Polyglot artists roam throughout, inspiring hilarity, adventure and just a touch of chaos…
With a funky live soundtrack, Tangle is an event where children take the lead. Together they build and contribute to an enchanting public artwork that everyone can enjoy.
“It was better than my birthday.” Child, 11 years
- Tangle is an energetic experience.
- Children and families choose how they engage with the performers and the space, moving around as they like.
- A DJ plays music for the duration of the show.
Original Creative Team
- Conceived and directed: Sue Giles
- Set design: Michael Baxter, Katrina Gaskell
- Costume design: Nick Barlow
- Musician: Justin Marshall
- Production manager: Amy Bagshaw
- Original cast: Nick Barlow, Sabrina D’Angelo, Tamara Rewse, Glen Walton
Tangle premiered in 2011 at ArtPlay, as part of Moomba Festival.
Selected Touring History
- Bunjil Place, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Wyndham City Children’s Week Picnic, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Arts Centre Melbourne, VIC, Australia
- Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand
- Virginia Arts Festival, Virginia, USA
- Pittsburgh Children’s Festival, Pittsburgh, USA
- Mt. Beauty Music Festival, VIC, Australia
- Freespace Festival, Hong Kong
- Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
- Shepparton Arts Festival, VIC, Australia
- Daejeon Arts Centre, Daejeon, Korea
- Garden 5, Seoul, Korea
- FIGat7th Downtown Festival, Los Angeles, USA
- Matrix Festival, Michigan, USA
- Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan, USA
- Womadelaide, SA, Australia
- Perth International Arts Festival, WA, Australia
- Sydney Festival, NSW, Australia
- Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Brisbane Powerhouse, QLD, Australia
- Premiere: Moomba Festival, ArtPlay, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
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It is a gentle, fun and brilliantly executed artwork. Fantastic to watch and participate, Tangle is a masterpiece in art making for young people.
Vernon Guest, Sydney Festival
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