Endings

'We are not supposed to forget that this is theatre. But in sudden shocks and longer hypnotic passages we do.'  John Clare, The Music Trust

Photo: Sarah Walker

Commissioned by                                           Arts House & Performance Space.            Produced by Freya Waterson.

2015 Green Room Award winner:            'Design & Realisation'.                                                               Nominated for:                                                Best 'Contemporary & Experimental Performance' Green Room Award.           

'Best New Australian Work'                               2015 Helpmann Award

'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

'It's not so much about grief or loss as death's strange intimacy'. ****4 stars, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Sydney Morning Herald.

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.

 

ARTISTS

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 managment/ lx op Emily O'Brien

UPCOMING 

Canadian Stage's biennial Spotlight series in Toronto, April 26 - 30, 2017

Brighton Festival, UK May 9 -13, 2017

PRESENTATION HISTORY

North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House , Melbourne, May 2015

Sydney Festival  - Performance Space at Carriageworks, Jan 2015

 

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.