Saturday 14 October
Community & Linen Room
This short piece of work responds to the very human experiences of searching for freedom from the cages we find ourselves in.
The Birds invites you to roam the Convent grounds, birdwatching and listening as the performers appear and reappear, joyfully flock and disperse, guiding you into the Sacred Heart Courtyard for a performance finale.
The performance will feature a striking sound world of native birdcalls played by the artists on a gestural musical phone app called AirTune. Wearing smartphones, each artist’s unique movements will allow them to trigger different birdcalls of their choosing. Performers will also be wearing in-ear monitoring technology, allowing for live direction and spontaneous happenings throughout the event.
The Birds blends dance, physical performance, circus arts and AI technology to create a compelling audio-visual work.
Whilst the work itself is free, outdoors, and available to be enjoyed by anyone lucky enough to be within the Convent grounds at the time, the performance will be followed by a short Q&A with the creators of the work. This section There will also be an interactive sound and movement workshop, based on The Birds creative process. Book now to enjoy this insightful and enjoyable experience by some talented artists, who have created such a cutting-edge work.
11am — 12pm: Performance
12pm — 1pm: Q&A and inclusive workshop
BoilOver is one of Victoria’s most exciting inclusive physical theatre companies that blends dance, physical performance, and circus arts into creating visually bold and captivating performances.
5AngryMen are a globally renowned public space physical theatre company. They have been collaborators with the BoilOver ensemble for the past 3 years.
Creaters of the AirTune technology used in this production, Alon Ilsar and Ciaran Frame are composers, sound designers and instrument designers working to bring accessible inclusive music-making experiences to the broader community, particularly those with disability.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principle arts investment and advisory body.