HYMNS FOR END TIMES
RACHAEL DEASE WITH WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
A Perth Festival Commission
Presented in association with Tura New Music
With soaring vocals that evoke PJ Harvey and intoxicating, sprawling soundscapes that can be compared to Sufjan Stevens, Rachael Dease is a musical force to be reckoned with. She has long lived between the worlds of music and theatre, but this epic concert event uncovers an intimate and personal performance.
Begun during the 2019 – 20 Australian bushfires, Hymns for End Times is a response to man-made disaster and helplessness. To sit and watch catastrophe while quietly feeding a baby. To feel the shame and panic of a human being, participating in a planet’s destruction, and also feel the intense all-consuming love towards another small being. A dark work filled with love, it asks us to imagine what we would do in our final moments, as individuals and as a collective. What would be important? What would you say? Who would you hold?
Hymns For End Times is a series of musical vignettes imagining apocalyptic scenarios juxtaposed with the hope and protective love found within a new mother. A deeply personal work full of fragility and fortitude it is both a powerful protest against a bleak future and a poetic lullaby to help sooth our fears. With the support of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by Voyces, Rachael’s spellbinding voice and magnetic stage presence will take you through intimate lullabies to orchestral shouts in a captivating music event.
Hymns For End Times
His Majesty’s Theatre
8pm, 18 Feb 2021
Tickets from Perth Festival
Dease’s artistic practice encompasses art music, film and theatre scoring, installation and songwriting. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she won the inaugural Martin Sims Award at Fringe World, the Melbourne Fringe Music Award and received critical acclaim at New York Fringe Festival for her contemporary song cycle City of Shadows. Her composition and sound design for theatre include the Helpmann Award-nominated It’s Dark Outside (The Last Great Hunt), Sunset (Strut Dance/Maxine Doyle) and Rest (WAYTCO). Installation includes Black Mass (PICA) Winter Feast 2018 & 2019 (Dark Mofo), Museum of Water (Perth Festival), and Like Embracing Ice (Fremantle Arts Centre). Dease was awarded the 2017 Department of Culture and The Arts Performing Arts Fellowship, won the Performing Arts WA award for ‘Best Music’ for Let The Right One In (BSSTC) and has been a Besen Fellow at Malthouse Theatre. Residencies include PICA, Proximity Festival, Lumen Studios Italy and The Arctic Circle. She is currently a Prelude Composer In Residence at Gallop House, Western Australia. More info