Feb 1 - 4, 2018
$23 | $30 WEEK OF • BUY TICKETS Merrill Wright Mainstage
THEATER/MUSIC | AUSTRALIA
Thu, Feb 1–Sat, Feb 3 at 8 pm
Sun, Feb 4 at 5 pm
Running time: 55 minutes
Poised in the delicate space between concert and theatre, Endings by Australian artist Tamara Saulwick combines pre-recorded interviews (cut into vinyl and played on portable turntables and reel-to-reel tape players) and live performance to create a richly textured electro-acoustic soundscape where stories about mortality and loss are told with warmth and candor.
Tamara Saulwick has been exploring the boundaries of live performance for over two decades, and uses both digital and analog formats to mine the connections between human interaction and audio technology. Endings also features the songs and vocals of acclaimed singer/songwriter Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo), with sound design by composer/trumpeter/sound artist Peter Knight, artistic director of the Australian Art Orchestra.
“An elegant, economical production that delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave.” ★★★★
— The Guardian
"Endings is a receptacle for the tremendous power of loving relationships lived right to the end." ★★★★
— THE STAGE, UK
Watch the trailer:
Sat, Feb 3
WTFJH? Saturdays: After the show the lobby and FUBAR will be open so audience members can connect and talk about the performance.
Also Sun, Feb 4: Post-show conversation with Tamara Saulwick in the Studio Theater
Building on over twenty years experience, Tamara Saulwick’s individual practice has coalesced in recent years into a singular and compelling voice. Utilising digital, mobile, and analogue technologies, with a particular emphasis placed on the role of sound in live performance, her works reflect on how we as individuals connect, confront, and interact with one another. Her major works include Alter (2016), Endings (2015), PUBLIC (2013), and Pin Drop (2010). Tamara is an Australia Council for the Arts Fellow and the Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera. Her first work for the company, Permission To Speak premiered in late 2016.
Endings has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. Commissioned by Performance Space and the City of Melbourne’s Arts House.
Photos: Heidrun Lohr