Freda Du Faur ca 1895.  George Manneringphotograph Canterbury Museum
Freda Du Faur ca 1895. George Mannering photograph Canterbury Museum

castlemaine-created2Verity Higgins in collaboration with Jillian Pearce & Jim Coad


Follow in the footsteps of Freda Du Faur, a young and adventurous Australian mountaineer who smashed the glass ceiling by being the first woman to ascend Mt Cook (Aoraki) in New Zealand in 1910.

Undertake an exercise class in the style of the Dupain Institute, which Freda attended in readiness for the climb, and where she met her lover Muriel Cadogan. Roped together for safety you will be guided through ‘stations’ conveying aspects of Freda’s life from literary salon to deep-sleep sanatorium. Lastly you’ll set up your bivouac in readiness for the ascent of Mt Cook.

The Freda Experience explores poignant moments from Freda’s life and the jaw-dropping thrills of high altitude conveyed through projection, original sound-scape and live action.

 ‘I was captivated by the visual elements of the performance and the physical
experience of being part of the action.’

Mary French, Creative Development in Natimuk,
July 2013

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