While You Sleep 2022 National Tour

While You Sleep @ Canberra International Music Festival

Co-presented by Tura, The Street & Canberra International Music Festival
Kate Neal and Sal Cooper

7.30pm, Fri 29 & Sat 30 Apr 2022
The Street Theatre, Canberra
Tickets $30-$50

An aural and visual excursion into both the musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’, While You Sleep unites string quartet, piano, electronics, video and animation in a surreal counterpoint of music, movement and image where nothing is quite as it seems.

While You Sleep. Image by Briony Jackson

Exploring flight, memory and dissociation, While You Sleep is an escape from the present. Embracing the elaborate complexity of the musical fugue – where a phrase is introduced by one instrument and then taken up by others – the work weaves gesture, design, light and immersive visuals. Hand-drawn animation, live-action, video and stop motion are choreographed alongside the musicians on stage.

Dark, subtle, surprising and moving, While You Sleep deftly probes the uncertain landscapes between grief and identity, reality and illusion.

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The Street & Canberra International Music Festival

“A work of dizzying complexity…recalls Georges Méliès and William Kentridge” – Dr. Thomas H. Ford

The tour of While You Sleep has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory and the Contemporary Music Touring Program.