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Earshot - world premiere
performanceposted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Kate HunterKate Hunter
‘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. ‘Earshot’ has been made as a national and international touring performance work. To date the work has had 3 iterations: ‘Earshot’ in Festival of Live Art at Theatre Works, 2016; ‘Earshot’ world premiere at 45downstairs, 2017; and ‘Earshot’ at Due West Festival, 2019.