A playful, sensory space for children and families to engage with sound, movement and light.
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.
“I love it and I want to come back next time. My favourite was when I first done it and I was as big as a giant and then small.” Child, age 5.
- 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.
Original Creative Team
- Lead artist, creative coder, sound artist: Steph O’Hara
- Visual programmer: Peter Walker
- Interactive sound and visual artist: Tina Douglas
- Original cast: Lachlan MacLeod
- Producer: Rainbow Sweeny
Sound Shadows was developed through The Generator, the program that expands Polyglot’s artistic voice by inviting our core artists to engage strongly in our vision. The Generator is a long-term commitment to Polyglot’s artistic vibrancy.
Sound Shadows premiered in 2022 at Cardinia Cultural Centre.
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.
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