Abacus of because












 


(collaboratively devised music-theatre)


 

DURATION:

ca. 40' (work-in-progress sharing duration)

 

INSTRUMENTATION/FORCES:

6 on-stage performers

1 off-stage performer

1 performer at lighting console and sound desk

Blackbox theatre equipped with moving head lights

[2022]





 

Collaboratively devised and performed by Current Resonance (Matthew Grouse, Dylan Richards, Joss Smith and Michael Hope) & K!ART (Hsiao-Tung Yuan, Mikkel Schou, Rob Durnin, Roberto Beseler)

 

Light performer for w.i.p. sharing: Sól Ey

'abacus of because' (working title) is a collaboratively composed music-theatre work that touches on themes of surveillance, authority, and gamified routines. An all-seeing off-stage performer dictates each and every action or sound that the on-stage performers / automatons have to execute (via a constant stream of in-ear, spoken cues and commands).

 

The exercises range from futile, isolated procedures such as hitting croquet balls around a course made of cables and amplified found objects, to playful group behaviours involving childish sonic and physical imitation.

 

Staging, lighting, the theatre's technical resources and all sound-making instruments / objects become inseparable parts of the compositional material and performance experience. The theatre’s moving light heads are mic’d up revealing their inherent but hidden musicality as they turn; the lighting desk is played rhythmically like an instrument, signalling performers when to start and stop playing; and the cables that connect microphones to the PA are given the dual purpose of acting as tracks to carry croquet balls around the stage.

PERFORMANCES:

Work-in-progress sharing as a culmination of the Åbne Scene Residency Programme 2022 - 24.10.22