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CIMF22: C03-1 While You Sleep


CIMF22: C03-1 While You Sleep

  • Date: Friday, 29 April 2022 to Saturday, 30 April 2022, 7.30pm - 8.20pm
  • Venue: The Street Theatre, Canberra — 15 Childers St, Canberra City West, ACT
  • Series: This event is part of the Canberra International Music Festival 2022 series
  • Tickets: Standard: $50 | Concession: $45 | CIMF Members: $42 | Students: $30 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6247 1223

Event Details

A co-production with Street Theatre and Tura New Music, with support of the Australia Council Contemporary Touring Fund.

The answer to Haydn’s Creation anno 2022 lies in this state-of-the-art production that delves into the furthest ranges of human consciousness and performance physicality. Based on the classic idea of Fugue as a musical construct and as a state of mind, composer Kate Neal and animator Sal Cooper have created a work to rival Escher’s dizzying tracks of thought and vision.  

“Cooper and Neal animate the string quartet, putting the players into motion so that they trace intricate tracks and lines of flight across the stage on foot and on wheely chairs. Those tracks correspond to tracks traced earlier, on screen, by cars running through a cartoonish landscape of twisting highway flyovers. As the cars stop and begin reversing, Neal’s music also reverses, running its melodic line in retrograde. The technical precision of string-playing was undisturbed as the players whizzed across the stage, while Abela’s playing was masterful(Th. Ford, Arts House 2018) 


Zachary Johnston, Isabel Hede, Phoebe Green & David Morgan, string quartet

With Jacob Abela on keyboards

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6230 5880

Featured Australian Works

While you sleep (quintets: keyboard, string) by Kate Neal — World premiere
— performed by Jacob Abela, David Morgan, Phoebe Green, Isabel Hede and Zac Johnston

Featured artists

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