Local artists celebrate milestone year with Fringe World performances

The stars of Lonely Mars.
The stars of Lonely Mars.

ELISABETH Eitelberger and Bello Benischauer are celebrating 20 years of working together with two shows at Fringe World.

After starting Art in Process in their native Austria, the Beaconsfield couple have put on various projects around Perth after moving to the city permanently in 2002.

Through their performance art offshoot Existence Theatre they will have two shows at the Girls School in Perth as part of Fringe World’s Research and Development Programme.

Stormwater is a show about the end of the world while Lonely Mars is set in the future, with each of them exploring different themes.

Eitelberger said their performances were among four projects chosen by Fringe World organisers.

“We had half a year to develop the performances at the Girls School and they are quite different,” she said.

“Stormwater is more about a family situation and they dig into the past while Lonely Mars is a more physical performance, it’s not dance but there are dances involved.”

Benischauer said the shows were like yin and yang.

“They really work well together and recommend people see both,” he said.


Benischauer said it was an interesting experience to work together for so many years.

“We’ve got two kids these days, so you are working together and at home so there’s no boundary,” he said.

“I’m an artist without an off button, the art is happening at the dinner table, at breakfast or when you pack your kids’ lunch.

Eitelberger said although they had different views on some issues, their basic beliefs were the same and that is why it worked.

“Bello develops the ideas and then I go over it and do all the theoretical and concept writing to get it out there.”

Tickets are available online with a special offer for people who buy tickets for both performances.