If hotel walls could talk, then Hobart’s iconic Astor Hotel would have many a seafarer’s secret to tell; whispered to lovers or strangers or wives over whisky for decades. Tales of the sea – exotic, erotic and despotic.
Madame Astor invites you to immerse yourself in Big hART’s Blue Angel project. Dive in and book a bed to stay overnight for the full show experience.
Explore, watch, listen, eat, sleep and dream in one of her twenty-three rooms as this performance piece unfolds from dusk to dawn. Drown yourself in music, sound design, installation, video, art, homebrew, shoeshine, beards, tattoos, Old Spice and rope splicing as Blue Angel brings this haunt for lovers and seafarers alive through a unique performance experience. If you already have a safe berth for the night, visit for the evening and enjoy a boutique concert version with seafarers and performers.
Big hART has been importing and exporting tall tales and true from port cities in this collaborative project where art is the cargo and the heart is filled with the desire for ‘fair transport’.
Come and join a crew of real seafarers, who will appear alongside some of the country’s best actors and musicians.
Blue Angel will feature new work from world renowned film maker Peter Greenaway.
It is the world première season.
The Blue Angel project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Ten Days, Adelaide Festival, Big hART Inc. and Melbourne Festival.
Big hART Inc Blue Angel project was assisted through Australia Council for the Arts, Arts New South Wales, and Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
The Blue Angel project has been supported by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Maritime Union of Australia, Coins Foundation, the City of Melbourne and the City of Hobart.