Set in an abandoned dance hall that echoes with haunting airs, Song for a Weary Throat is a breathtaking work of physical and vocal wonder premiering at Arts Centre Melbourne from 10 to 14 October as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. The work is created by the Rawcus ensemble of performers with and without disability
Driven by a surging current of emotion, it travels from the aftermath of a terrible loss – trauma, heartbreak, failure – through the moments that offer some promise of hope, real or illusory. Vignettes by turns devastating and buoyant slide into one another, all glistening within an ethereal soundscape created live by critically-acclaimed contemporary vocalists Invenio Singers, led by Gian Slater.
Rawcus is a critically acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disability who create distinct performance work and deliver exceptional arts experiences. Collaborating with a core creative team led by Artistic Director Kate Sulan. Rawcus devises new work that expresses the imaginative world of the Ensemble. 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. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.
October 10 – 14