C03-2 While You Sleep
April 30, 2022
7.30pm - 8.20pm
The Street Theatre
15 Childers Street, Canberra ACT 2601
In Association with
A co-production with Street Theatre and Tura New Music, with support of the Australia Council Contemporary Touring Fund.
The answer to Haydn’s Creation anno 2022 lies in this state-of-the-art production that delves into the furthest ranges of human consciousness and performance physicality. Based on the classic idea of Fugue as a musical construct and as a state of mind, composer Kate Neal and animator Sal Cooper have created a work to rival Escher’s dizzying tracks of thought and vision.
“Cooper and Neal animate the string quartet, putting the players into motion so that they trace intricate tracks and lines of flight across the stage on foot and on wheely chairs. Those tracks correspond to tracks traced earlier, on screen, by cars running through a cartoonish landscape of twisting highway flyovers. As the cars stop and begin reversing, Neal’s music also reverses, running its melodic line in retrograde. The technical precision of string-playing was undisturbed as the players whizzed across the stage, while Abela’s playing was masterful” (Th. Ford, Arts House 2018)
Zachary Johnston, Isabel Hede, Phoebe Green & David Moran, string quartet
With Jacob Abela on keyboards