THE DOGWATCH

The DogWatch lies at the heart of WinterWild. The DogWatch is a short watch stood by sailors in the early evening, normally between 6 and 8pm. We assemble on the foreshore during these same hours to celebrate WinterWild. The DogWatch is a free public performance held every Saturday evening that teases out the themes of the festival. Directed by Roderick Poole (founder of Melbourne performance theatre company Strange Fruit) and Eloise Wood (WildHoney Performing Arts), the DogWatch is hosted by the light of the WinterWild fire which rages inside the skeleton of a wrecked boat. Talented local artists are supported by visiting performers in an event that will change the way you think about the creative heart and mind of rural Victoria.

All are welcome at the DogWatch. Come out into the cold and the darkness. Feel the mud under your feet and the smoke in your hair. Be prepared to be rain drenched and wind buffeted. Be prepared to be carried away by the light of the fire.

DOGWATCH EVENTS 2019

Kirrip (Welcome To Country)

Djirri Djirri dancers

WinterWild Brazier

Apollo Bay Foreshore

16 August 7:00pm

free event

Welcome to Country, the country of the King Parrot, Gadubanud. Djirri Djirri, an all female dance group from Wurundjeri country and traditional custodians of Narrm (Melbourne) are here to dance. Djirrri Djirri is the Woiwurrung name for the Willy Wagtail, the spirit bird who gave people dance. Djirri Djirri will perform 5 dances and explain the creation narratives attached to them. This will be a powerful and engaging performance from women who stand strong in their culture. We welcome you to Country as night falls.

DogWatch:

The Redemption

Part One – Immolation

Directed by Roderick Poole in collaboration with Eloise Wood and WildHoney Performing Arts along with the good citizens of Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay Harbour

1 Trafalgar St, Apollo Bay

17 August 6:30 pm [1 hour]

free event

In a small fishing village at the edge of a huge dry continent, the children have all vanished. Down at the seawall the mothers keep a vigil while the fishers fish. When a rare catch is hauled in, the whole village turns out to see. Is it an omen? Does it hold the answer to the missing children? Is what follows a barbaric path to redemption or a strange and touching love story?

See the village turn out to tell its tale over two Saturday nights while the moon wanes, the waves wash in and the fires are lit. 

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” Werner Herzog

Warning: May contain images of death, torture and immolation. 

Dogwatch: The Word

Sheree Stewart and Mama Boho

WinterWild Brazier

Apollo Bay Foreshore

30 August 7:00 pm [30 mins]

free event

Words of power by the WinterWild fire.

DogWatch:

The Redemption

Part Two – Resurrection

Directed by Roderick Poole in collaboration with Eloise Wood and WildHoney Performing Arts along with the good citizens of Apollo Bay

Gather on the Great Ocean Road next to the Apollo Bay Surf Lifesaving Club

31 August 6:30 pm [1 hour]

free event

The continuation and resolution of the first part of our village’s story. The Great Ocean Road will be closed to allow a ceremonial parade leading to a huge bonfire and it’s final revelation. This could be the Redemption.

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” Werner Herzog

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

WinterWild reserves the right to amend programmed events.
WinterWild reserves the right to cancel events. Ticketholders to any such event will have their tickets refunded.
WinterWild reserves the right to refuse entry to any person. If that person has purchased a ticket, it will be refunded in full. WinterWild also reserves the right to remove any person from a WinterWild event (without refund).
You enter the WinterWild venues at your own risk. To the maximum extent permitted by law, WinterWild will not be responsible for any loss, damage, harm or injury arising from your entry to the WinterWild venues.