THOUSANDS of people were in Salamanca Place last night (25/3/07) to watch Dream Masons, a free event played out on the sandstone facade of the Salamanca Arts Centre. It was a gorgeous night in Hobart — a crisp autumn evening and a wonderful spectacle to enjoy.

Dream Masons involves twenty windows, 79 contraptions, a whale, a boat, gallons of water, an untold number of agile performers, musicians, singers and technicians, and tons of magical effects.

I’d like to say I knew what was going on, but I can’t.  The festival program says it is “an exploration of human ingenuity and the capacity to survive against enormous odds … The sandstone walls are reservoirs for memories that seep into being.” I’m none the wiser, but it doesn’t matter.

There are elements of commedia dell’arte, which is little known in Australia, but really suits the Salamanca Arts Centre facade, with its windows providing box-seat venues for the action. And what action! The cast flies across the building in a 60 minute spectacle created by Jim Lasko, Jessica Wilson and Joey Ruigrok Van Der Werven from The Netherlands, with lighting by Daniel Zika and James Wilkinson as musical director.

But back to the program: “A society of residents all find themselves in the same boat as the still beauty of an underwater world spills over to change their lives forever.” That will do! That’s what it’s all about!

Dream Masons is not to be missed. There is only one more performance, tonight, Tuesday, March 26th at 7.30 pm.  GO!

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Dream Masons involves twenty windows, 79 contraptions, a whale, a boat, gallons of water, an untold number of agile performers, musicians, singers and technicians, and tons of magical effects.