Scene news: Semaphore at the Arts House

Kate Neal

Presented by Arts House and Kate Neal

Composer Kate Neal creates a compelling and intriguing multimedia exploration of signalling, communication and miscommunication in Semaphore.

Using physical, visual and aural encoding systems – Semaphore, Morse code, pennants, lights and binary code – three dancers and eight musicians synchronize in a complex coordinated choreography of bodies, music and illumination, to generate an immersive display of sound and vision.

Laura Sheedy’s direction, Jo Lloyd’s choreography, Sal Cooper’s animations, and archival recordings of World War II signalmen further augment Semaphore’s rich visual and aural composition.

Regimented physical formations, outbreaks of cascading melody, intricate interplays of light and sound; Semaphore is an ingenious visual and sonic experience.

‘Kate Neal represents the new wave of Australian composers…an explosion of scintillating colour and intoxicating movement.’ – Herald Sun, on Rabid Bay.

Composer: Kate Neal
Choreographer: Timothy Walsh
Animation: Sal Cooper
Director: Laura Sheedy
Lighting: Niklas Pajanti
Producer: Wally Gunn
Dancers: Briarna Longville, Timothy Walsh, James Welsby

Musicians
Conductor and piano: Aura Go
Clarinet: Karen Heath
Percussion: Kaylie Melville, Madi Chwasta, Matthew Horsley, Hamish Upton
Violin: Lizzy Welsh
Viola: Phoebe Green
Cello: Paul Zabrowarny

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