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Sound Shadows

A playful, sensory space for children and families to engage with sound, movement and light.

A Sound Shadows production photo. Two children dance in a darkened space, in front of a wall that is illuminated with brightly coloured projections, engaging with their shadows.

Sound Shadows is a colourful, ever-changing and unexpected world of interactive projection and music. 

What will you discover?

In a darkened space, you’ll meet your shadow – clear and sharp – who will be joined by other abstract shapes that become companions, swiftly changing as they react to your movement. The soundscape responds too, swelling and shifting in response to your actions, constantly evolving in tone and feel. As your imagination takes over you might find yourself gently dancing with a jewel-like blob, chasing fast-moving shards of light, or crackling with power as other shadows crouch around you.

As more people join the play, the world you have created becomes complex and interconnected as all the single journeys are linked and changed by more bodies in the space.

Sound Shadows is a magnetic experience that sees participants perform extraordinary moves to active response, without self-consciousness or inhibition.

Sound Shadows was developed through Polyglot’s Generator program, with support from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, The Robert Salzer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund.

Logos: Australia Council for the Arts, The Robert Salzer Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund.

  • Children and families choose how they interact with the space.
  • The space is illuminated with constantly changing projections.
  • Sound Shadows contains amplified sound and music that is played through speakers.

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  • "That was SO fun."

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Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.