“I wondered if, instead of bringing people to tears, which can be quite cathartic…I could give them a direct musical experience of my anxiety disorder. If I write how it feels to me, will it make you feel the same?”
– Keaton Henson
Immerse yourself in Keaton Henson's extraordinary Six Lethargies – a beautiful meditation on the musician's own experience as a chronic anxiety sufferer. This unique audiovisual experience used data from previous audience members – hooked up to biometric sensors – to give real-time responses to the music, which was capable of altering the visual and lighting design during the performance itself.
Plus ahead of the full performance tune in for an exclusive recorded performance of Henson's latest single 'Husk' from his forthcoming album Monument, which Keaton says is "about waking up and realising that you’ve aged. That time, the traitor, has taken from you your best years, the ones where your bones didn’t ache and you could make it through the day without questioning existence."
Six Lethargies was composed by Henson and commissioned by Sydney Opera House for Vivid LIVE 2019, in partnership with the Barbican Centre, London and the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
Orchestra provided courtesy of Opera Australia
Katherine Lukey Leader
Madeleine Easton Principal
Virginia Comerford Principal
Paul Ghica Principal
Andrew Meisel Principal
This film was produced by Sydney Opera House
Directed by Andrew Lord