DARKNESS… is a promenade performance / installation combining choreography, animation, sound and spatial design that creates a maze through which the audience is guided and encouraged to interact. It is an unusual collaboration between performance and technology that creates a textural and multi sensorial environment - compelling, intriguing and a fertile ground for the unexpected.
The maze and its boundaries were made from shafts of structured light rather than tangible, solid walls and these angular routes constantly changed shape, orientation and direction to create the promenade.
An ambi-sonic sound system was used that not only targeted, but pulls and pushes the sounds through the installation space in relation to the audience’s journey. The result directly triggered the audiences’ imaginative processes, playing with their sense of orientation and perception of space and darkness.
Premiered at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Glasgow as part of Cryptic Nights- an evening with Gail Sneddon Thursday 1st October 2010
Darkness uses Nyctophobia (fear of the dark) as a starting point:
Something solid and real, more than an absence of light. It touches the skin, questioning, exploring, and gliding through the mind. It slips into your lungs, behind your eyes, into your mouth. It feels not so much as if the light is being turned down but that the darkness is being turned up.
Directed by Gail Sneddon
Live Performance Artists: Julia McGhee, Tom Pritchard, Angelica Kroeger, Ian Donnelly, Niamh McKenna