Presented by Perth Festival and Co3 Contemporary Dance with support from Wesfarmers Arts
A world premiere Perth Festival commission, Archives of Humanity is a compassionate and empowering new dance work by Co3 Artistic Director Raewyn Hill, exploring humanity and the tension between grace and truth.
Archives of Humanity is a living and emotive meditation on human existence. A reflection on where we suddenly and unexpectedly find ourselves today.
The work begins with an immersive and tactile journey through a remarkable set – a flock of birds, created by and carrying the stories of our WA community in isolation. Released, the birds united, soar as a collective symbol of endurance and hope. These sweeping narratives, of memories, desires and aspirations lead you into the performance.
A stunning score opens the performance, marking the next migration, echoing the movements of an ensemble of dancers in a gradual and persistent climbing arc of cyclical patterns. Some of the art world’s most striking scenes are reimagined in humanity’s tumultuous bid to transcend. To rise, to fall, but to always try to rise again – together.
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Audio samples of Vivaldi’s Gloria are used with the generous permission of the University of North Texas. The recording is performed by The Collegium Singers & Baroque Orchestra, Richard Sparks, conductor. Cello performed by acclaimed cellist Helen Mountfort, who has worked with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Midnight Oil, and is a founding member of My Friend the Chocolate Cake.
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