Hope, Lost Raewyn Turner & Brian Harris
Five performances at the InterACT Disability Festival, October 2012.
Hope Lost takes a dubstep song of love and loss and translates it for the senses.
The lyrics are translated by the three dancers in a whole body signing choreography which expresses mixed feelings about the engineering of the environment for industry and consumer desires as well as echoing the gestures of the children. The children, two deaf girls and a boy, ages 9 to 11 used sign – language to translate the emotions of hope, love and trust as expressed in the lyrics.
The backdrop is the 3rd voice and an interactive character. The projected images show new industrial estate, new housing subdivisions and recently constructed areas of industrialised horticulture which have consumed much of the landscape around NZ.
The audience are invited to sit on the stage to experience the music viscerally through subwoofers.
The music is by Mt Eden (105,281,503 hits on Youtube and recently signed by UltraMusic.
Choreographed by Matthew Moore
Dancers: Matthew Moore, Jane Carter, Freya McKechnie.
The children were coached by Charlie Grimsdale and Rachel Coppage of Giant Leap.
A sequence of smells wafts amongst the audience: cut grass, industrial odours and substitutes for the smells of nature.
The fragrances were supplied by industrial perfumers Flairoma and Plant and Food Research.
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