Earshot - world premiere

Hunter, Katherine 2017, Earshot - world premiere, fortyfivedownstairs, 2017.

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Performance name Earshot - world premiere
Creator(s) Hunter, KatherineORCID iD for Hunter, Katherine orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-9730
Contributor(s) Lange, J.
Savage, J.
Year presented/published 2017
Publisher Kate Hunter
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Performance venue fortyfivedownstairs
Performance end date 2017/11/29 - 2017/12/03
Description of performance Part live art event, part undercover surveillance operation, Earshot is a performance for 2 actors, one electroacoustic musician and 150 metres of gray water hose.
Summary ‘Earshot' is a new contemporary performance work by Kate Hunter and collaborators. Part live art event, part undercover surveillance operation, part musical interpretation of the Australian vernacular, 'Earshot' is driven by theatre-maker Kate Hunter's lifetime obsession of eavesdropping on the private conversations of complete strangers. Built from Kate’s collected conversations overheard on trains, in planes, cafes and streets, Earshot is a symphony of the authentic voice, featuring tales of disease, death, snoring, real estate bastards, too-short catwalk models, colostomy bags, being Jewish, air conditioning and domestic violence. In performance, these eavesdropped stories are teamed with modern and antiquated devices (microphones, pvc piping, plastic funnels, ear trumpets, speaking tubes, hearing fans, megaphones) to create a theatrical experience for the audience that is immersive, comic and confronting. A collaboration with electroacoustic musician Jem Savage and performer/composer Josephine Lange, ‘Earshot's experimental approach to story uses voice-activated text to project words into the theatre space in real time as those words are spoken. The ambiguity -- and the risk - that underscores the performance of 'Earshot' is the fact that the narratives employed in the performance are appropriated from unsuspecting members of the general public -- without their permission.
Keyword(s) eavesdropping
digital technology
verbatim theatre
documentary theatre
Notes Public performance season
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
HERDC Research category J1 Major original creative work
Copyright notice ©2017, Kate Hunter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30105289

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