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“…would you like to come back to mine for some krill?”
Sound takes centre stage alongside a misanthropic submarine captain who falls in love with a whale. Featuring a human, a submarine, the entire ocean, underwater singing, motion-capture, generative programming, human-computer interaction, a love song to cetaceans (both toothed and baleen), and one very lonely whale.
Me & My Whale is a performance project that calls out the damaging way we appropriate the sounds of the ocean using an absurdist blend of techniques from sound art, contemporary theatre and new music. Created by aquatic apes and all round weirdos Xavier Velastin and Hannah Mook.
Sat 20 & Sun 21 October at 7pm
Partisan Collective, M4 4FY
Tickets £7 / £5 OTD
WHAT THE PRESS SAY
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Whales & Porpoises Weekly
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – The Abyssal Plain Theatre Review
⭐ – The We Love Drilling For Oil And Killing Animals Gazette
“You make me proud to be who I am.”
– a sperm whale once said this to me
“the most beautiful sounds from the simplest of actions … in appearance, XVelastín is one with the sea”
– Ruby from Ragged CULT Magazine on Xavier’s last dip down to London, [whalesong] at the Camden Fringe.
We’ve taken the liberty to compile a sort of flow chart, in case you don’t know yet whether it’s your thing, so that you can figure out that it is, in fact, your thing.
if YOU LIKE #MUSIC
~ it has inter-species singing ~
~ it has grisey/xenakis/oliveros inspired notation ~
~ it has loopy harmonic textural goodness ~
if YOU LIKE #THEATRE
~ it is in a place where theatre has definitely happened before ~
~ it is full of speaking ~
~ it is a story with characters, sometimes who are whales ~
if YOU LIKE #LAYERS
~ deep like mariana ~
~ rich like cake ~
~ tears like onion ~
if YOU LIKE #SOUNDART
~ max~ $1 msp~//t-b.f.l.// $2 retune~@triggers -1 ~
~ hydrophone/motion capture/score generation ~
~ spectral domain processing (whatever that is) ~
if YOU LIKE #VISUALS
~ it uses water and colours ~
~ it uses projection, reflection and refraction ~
~ it uses mad graphic notation ~
if YOU LOVE THE #EARTH
~ we don’t even try to hide the pro-environmental subtext ~
~ it has lots of whale facts ~
~ all the plastic is reusable ~
if YOU ARE A #HIPSTER
~ marine mammals are approximately 49 million years old which makes them a true retro collectable ironic statement ~
Lots of love to all beings, but mostly to those with a sieve in their mouth.
See you then.
The Basement, Partisan
19 Cheetham Hill Road, M4 4FY
Me & My Whale was developed and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England (https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/), with the support of The HopBarn, stage@leeds, Royal Exchange Theatre, Live Art Bistro, Goldsmiths, University of London. We are grateful for the rehearsal and performance space provided by stage@leeds, Partisan Collective, East Street Arts, CHUNK, and Z-arts.
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