Part chamber concert, part performance work, Endings is a meditation on cycles and the ending of things. Using portable turntables, reel-to-reel tape players and live performance, Endings finds form for experiences both ordinary and extraordinary that cluster around death, dying and afterlife.
Endings is built in part from one-on-one interviews: people's stories, reflections, and voices. These recordings are cut on to bespoke vinyl records and embedded within a richlytextured electro-acoustic sound design that is operated, accompanied, and extended through live performance and song. The performance also features the songs and vocals of acclaimed singer/songwriter Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo).
Voices of the living emerge ghost-like from records, performers converse live with the taped voices of past conversations, tape loops carve round and round through the space, and song floats across the familiar crackle of records ending.
'It's not so much about grief or loss as death's strange intimacy'. ****4 stars, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Sydney Morning Herald.
'Unconditionally stunning and a superb piece of performance rooted in death but speaking to us of comforting, creative life.'
'Endings is an elegant, economical production that delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave.' ****4 stars Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
'Endings is a receptacle for the tremendous power of loving relationships lived right to the end.' **** 4 stars THE STAGE, UK
Commissioned by Arts House & Performance Space. Produced by Freya Waterson.
Concept/text/performance Tamara Saulwick
Set/lighting design: bluebottle - Ben Cobham
Sound composition/performance Peter Knight
Song/songwriting/performance Paddy Mann
Dramaturgy Margaret Trail
Technical Manager/ audio engineering/ operation Nick Roux
Costume design Harriet Oxley
Production management/ lx op Emily O'Brien
On the Boards, Seattle Feb 2018
PuSh International Festival of the Arts, Vancouver Jan 2018
Dublin Theatre Festival Oct 12-14, 2017
Brighton Festival, UK May 2017
Canadian Stage's biennial Spotlight series in Toronto, April 2017
Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, May 2015
Sydney Festival - Performance Space at Carriageworks, Jan 2015
2015 Green Room Award winner: 'Design & Realisation'.
Best 'Contemporary & Experimental Performance' Green Room Award.
Photos: Heidrun Lohr & Sarah Walker.
Endings has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board and supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. Developed with the assistance of an Arts House development grant as part of the Arts House CultureLAB UNDONE series 2013, and CultureLAB 2014.