What is it that propels us to get up after loss, after heartbreak, after failure? Fifteen performers surface from the aftermath, the wake of a disaster, in the haunting new work, Song for a Weary Throat at Theatre Works in an Australian premiere from 30 November 2017.
Live music from the critically-acclaimed contemporary vocalists Invenio Singers is contrasted with disquieting, yet poetic imagery from Rawcus. Dangerously beautiful, irresistibly tender and filled with fragility – Song for a Weary Throat reminds us that hope is never out of reach.
Rawcus is an award-winning ensemble of performers with and without disability creating distinct performance works and exceptional arts experiences. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy.
The Company has won numerous awards and has featured as part of Dance Massive, The Melbourne Festival, Next Wave and Melbourne Fringe, with past shows including Catalogue, Small Odysseys, Another Lament, The Heart is Another Dark Forest, Hunger and Not Dead Yet.
Invenio Singers was formed in March 2010 by singer/composer Gian Slater. It is an innovative ensemble of improvising and contemporary singers, experimenting with the typical vocal group choral form through conceptual composition, extended vocal technique, fluid improvising, choreographed movement and inventive performance.
“World class theatre – sumptuously imagined, visually stunning and profoundly moving.” – The Age
Director: Kate Sulan Featuring: The Rawcus Ensemble and Invenio Singers Designer: Emily Barrie Lighting Designer: Richard Vabre Musical Direction and Composition: Jethro Woodward and Gian Slater Sound Designer: Jethro Woodward Director Invenio Singers: Gian Slater
Song for a Weary Throat
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Season: 30 November – 10 December 2017 (preview: 29 November)
For more information, visit: www.rawcus.org.au for details.
Image: Song for a Weary Throat – photo by Sarah Walker