Enter a space of tangled imagination, where light and sound collide in a familiar yet distant world. Creatures from afar morph within the shadows to navigate an ever-changing landscape of bewilderment and wonder. Synaesthesia envelopes the mind as rhythm becomes vision, voice shapes movement and light warps sound.
Created by Artistic Director Kyle Page and Rehearsal Director Amber Haines, Rainbow Vomit is the first time in 11 years that Dancenorth have created a work targeting young people – though the work is designed to appeal to all ages.
Audience members are invited to watch the performance through their own pair of ‘fireworks glasses’. These magical glasses are made using holographic diffraction film, which refracts light into all colours of the spectrum, generating a myriad of rainbows. Following the performance audiences will be welcomed further into the colourful world of Rainbow Vomit to explore the set and play on the stage.
“Rainbow Vomit stemmed from a curiosity surrounding the impact of technology and the accompanying sensorial saturation for young viewers, in particular the impact on their developing brains,” said Page. “There is a great deal of research surrounding screen time for youth and together, along with our amazing cast we set out to explore the effects of this relatively recent phenomenon, in particular the impact on imagination and creative capacity in children.”
“In Rainbow Vomit we have created a space that is intensely colourful, intensely physical and saturated with ideas that will inspire kids to go home and play and be creative in their own space,” said Haines. “Before technology kids would play in the yard conjuring up games and imaginative spaces, but computer games offer a limited set of scenarios where the outcome is dictated by the imagination of the games creator.”
“Together we have created a world in which dream, fantasy, illusion and play are funneled through unreality. As for meaning within the work, that is entirely yours to create,” said Page.
Dancenorth, Corner Stanley and Walker Streets, Townsville
Performances: 11 – 16 April 2016
Bookings: (07) 4772 2549 or online at: www.dancenorth.com.au
For more information, visit: www.dancenorth.com.au for details
Image: Rainbow Vomit Blondes: Jenni Large and Georgia Rudd – photo by Amber Haines