What is it?
Ever had a crazy idea for a science experiment but weren’t sure how to do it? Artists Lee Wilson Mirabelle Wouters, Mickie Quick and Phil Downing, the creative geniuses behind Helpmann Award winning Australian company Branch Nebula, have been in the lab doing just that: concocting experiments with everyday materials from Officeworks and Bunnings to push their bodies to their limits.
These materials have been built into mind-boggling contraptions such as a catapult filled with cutlery to be flung across the room, or a sci-fi level suit of armour made of magnets and microphones. “Why?”, you might ask? Why not! This performance will have you literally on the edge of your seat.
The lowdown from Fiona
“Branch Nebula creates playful performance that puts the live body into strange and unexpected situations - right in front of our eyes. There’s no story and no artifice, but it is gripping. Two people on stage with some odd structures and a lot of stuff from Bunnings. They go about their business, playing with physical forces - gravity, magnetism, suction - and all the while asking critical questions like: can human beings be vacuum packed? Magnetised? Pressed flat? Can we get this object to sing? Or swing? Or make us disappear?”
A note from the artist - Lee Wilson
“I hope that [the audience] experience the rawness of it, the immediacy and viscerality, without pretence or artifice, and also a brutal dark humour, you gotta laugh don’t you? The way the work is intended as a composition of elements, sound generated within the performance, and also sampled and played live, the actions and tasks we carry out are brought into close proximity for the audience through amplification. The objects and materials manipulated to affect a reaction, the tension of a series of processes in the show where physics are materialized with an array of familiar and accessible items from your local hardware store.
Within all of this, two humans working, compelled to find the edges of their physical being, and what’s out there beyond in time and space.”
You’ll like this if...
You want to put your artistic kudos to test while also feeding your inner physicist. A fun, and potentially dangerous, date night!
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A Sydney Opera House co-commission as part of New Work Now, enabled by the Opera House’s Executive Team.