White Line Fever
Commissioned by Next Wave Festival (2020), Presented by Tone List and Next Wave for Audible Edge Festival (2022)
Local (WA) Producer: Mayma Awaida
Artists: Lyndon Blue, Matt Aitken
The crisp air on your face as you enter the stadium. The prickling of your skin as pre-game nerves settle in. The stirring of the sun-kissed day-drunk crowd. The intoxicating spell of the grandstand, jammed with screaming devotees. The coin toss, the white maggot’s whistle, a set shot after the siren, the silence of anticipation.
White Line Fever is a series of training sessions for AFL supporters of all creeds to embrace the deep energies of fandom and harness the “fire in the belly”. Artists Matt Aitken, Lyndon Blue, and the White Line Fever coaching team will usher you through the most magical moments of recent footy history to relive the rituals and ecstasy of our national game. Expect devotional drills, rivalry rites, and whiteboard magnetism to purge toxic pigskin energies and lift long-held curses.
Originally commissioned as part of the Melbourne-based arts organisation Next Wave's 2020 Festival, White Line Fever was re-presented to local WA audiences in 2022 during the Audible Edge Festival. An immersive audiovisual work with live sound, monologue, video and performance, White Line Fever explores the devotion, the agony and the ecstasy of footy fandom.