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Audiences can expect to be on cloud nine once they see one of the main Perth International Arts Festival acts next month.

So says PIAF artistic director Jonathan Holloway, who lured in-demand Spanish dance company Aracaladanza with its surreal show Clouds.

"I saw Clouds in London about five years ago and I completely loved it," Mr Holloway said. "It was so charming, witty and beautifully done."

Clouds was inspired by surrealist Spanish artist Rene Magritte but people did not need to be art experts to enjoy it, Mr Holloway said.

"Kids react in a really immediate, visceral sort of way - they react to the music, the colours and to the visual poetry of it," he said.

Clouds is part of a strong family and dance program in the Festival, which runs from February 8 to March 2.

Its ticket sales are on track to meet the $4.8 million target in an overall budget set at $17.5 million.

Several shows are sold out with huge demand for hip-hop artist Macklemore, singer songwriter Archie Roach and funk titan Maceo Parker.

Tickets are selling quickly for The Threepenny Opera, The Secret River, Philip Glass, The Truth 25 Times a Second, Watt and Dead Can Dance.

A full 48-page PIAF guide will be published in _The Weekend West _on Saturday.

The West Australian

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