Published 17 March 2021
The foul of the air, part of the Sites of Violence project, will merge artistic and academic understandings of human and non-human experiences of violence, and the processes, emotions, and meaning that this violence reveals. This transboundary approach aims to dismantle learned indifference by introducing novel perspectives to old problems and facilitate productively disruptive collaborations between researcher and artist.
A sound work without a score, a dance piece without steps, theatre without words.
In an abandoned women’s garment factory in Summer Hill, the sound of 5 double basses and the movement of frenzied bodies challenge audiences to see the world a little differently.
The foul of the air inspired by Charlotte Wood’s award-winning book The Natural Way of Things is a genre-bending performance spotlighting the unchecked forms of violence that seep out into the world around us, hidden in plain sight.
This multi-layered work blurs the lines of concert, dance and theatre to inhabit both space and mind to get to the heart of what it is that allows violence to silently pervade the everyday.