While You Sleep 2022 National Tour

While You Sleep @ PICA

Co-presented with PICA
13 – 16 Jul 2022
PICA Performance Space
Tickets available here

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.

“The experience of While You Sleep is total, inescapable. It is mesmerising, perplexing, captivating and frustrating, just like a dream”
Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine, May 2 2022
Read the full Limelight review from Canberra here

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