An immersive multisensory performance that is part documentary, part science fiction, part ritual: How to survive a falling lift, a mother’s story of her newborn’s urgency to feed, how to repot a plant and an account of the person who survived the greatest free fall in history all become metaphors for a state of emergency. Vulnerabilities, scarcity and survival provide potent threads for being with the physiological needs that drive reactions to flock, to protect, to shelter, to fight or flight.
The piece is part of ‘They Gather’, an ongoing international collaborative, multimodal, interdisciplinary project, creating ‘gatherings’ of people, action, movement, and sound. ‘They Gather’ consists of a growing series of independent but interrelated performances (modules) that explore the boundaries between audience, participant and performer, creating dialogue with environments, societies, politics, histories and speculative futurologies. The project aims to empower and open dialogues around the complexities and polarities of contemporary living.
For more information visit the project’s website.
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