Louise Ahl: Skunk without k is Sun - A Tramway and The Place Co-Commission
Skunk without k is Sun is an experimental three act solo opera, working with audio description as operatic sung material. Bespoke environmental scents will transform during the piece and exist as another layer of narration. The piece explores the human tendency to describe and name its presence in order to exist. It is a world where language shapes a reality of constant transformation whilst embracing a non-human expression. It zooms out on the macro-perspective of an earth that transforms beyond human presence and into the micro-perspective of the traces we’re leaving behind.
Act 1 presents the atmosphere, design and the performer of the work. The colours are intoxicating. Green without blue is yellow. A thunder cloud hovers.
Act 2 presents human behaviour in all its forms. It is a tragicomical act.
Act 3. The Earth collapses. Fires rage. Roses burn. A new romance is born.
This performance contains integrated Visual Description and the show on 21 October will be British Sign Language Interpreted.
Concept, Choreography & Performance: Louise Ahl / Artistic Collaborator: Jo Hellier / Composer: Yas Clarke / Producer: Michael Kitchin / Set and Costume Designer: Anette Gellein / Scent Designer: Clara Weale / Lighting Designer: Joshie Harriette / Production Manager: Nia Wood / Lead Audio Description Consultants: Quiplash / Additional Audio Description Consultant: Juliana Capes / Access Support Worker: Mable Cable / Choreographic Support: Eve Stainton
Co-commissioned by Tramway and The Place. Supported by Take Me Somewhere, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Battersea Arts Centre, The Work Room, South East Dance, Dance Base and O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre. Funded by Jerwood Live Work Fund, Foundation Scotland from the Cockaigne Fund and the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Photo - Julia Bauer