”i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”, presented by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and Rachel Arianne Ogle, is described as a “cinematic installation of improvised light and sound, a single human body becomes an abstracted focal point. The work explores states of transition and the synergy between light, sound and the body, offering audiences a meditation on time, perspective and the moment of death.” Indeed, Rachel Arianne Ogle’s “precipice” concludes with a Doctor Who moment: a dancer revealed at the rear of the stage looking around her in bewilderment as if asking “where am I”?

Ogle takes up this image in her ongoing collaboration with Benjamin Cisterne and Luke Smiles in this installation. Beginning with an assault on the senses of antagonistic sound and lighting, Ogle slowly, tentatively makes her way to the front of the performance space. Following a brief total blackout Ogle is revealed, centre space and after three movements of her body, darkness again. With another assault of light and sound, Ogle slowly walks back to her original position. The performance ends with another black out.

This production is a unique example of performance within a light and sound installation. The sound is very loud (mercifully we are provided with ear plugs); the strobe lighting piercing to the point of having to close my eyes, and the effect being Ogle’s image sealed to the back of my eye lids.

I am not qualified to comment on the technical aspects of this production, which I assume are technically brilliant, however, as a member of the audience I found it difficult to enjoy this production due to the sound and lighting designs. 

”i have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”, performed at PICA performance space, Northbridge.

Choreography and Performance: Rachel Arianne Ogle

Set and Lighting Design; Live Production: Benjamin Cisterne
Sound Design; Live Production: Luke Smiles

Costume Design: Thomas Alfred Bradley
Costume Construction: Sheridan Savage

Producer: Rachel Arianne Ogle