What Lola Heard: Theatrical Sounds from Climate Change

Sydney Environment Institute in partnership with The Living Room Theatre presents ‘What Lola Heard’ – the second artistic work from a SSSHARC funded Pop-up Research Lab.

‘What Lola Heard: Theatrical Sounds from Climate Change’, was a fascinating insight into the creative process in contemporary theatre – part public talk, part installation, part concert, the evening brought together internationally acclaimed improvising musicians in conversation with David Roesner, Professor of Theatre Studies at LMU Munich and Michelle St Anne, Artistic Director of The Living Room Theatre.

This conversation was framed by two sets by the musicians performing compositions from The Living Room Theatre’s environmental works and a collective improvisation around Lawrence English’s soundscape from ‘Black Crows Invaded our Country’.

Alister Spence – prepared piano and samples
Mary Rapp – cello, double bass and voice
Alexandra Spence – field recordings, tapes and amplified objects

This event brought audiences into an environment of the ear; an auditory journey into the realities of radical climate instability revealing an insightful musical embodiment of climate knowledge.


00:00   Introduction and Welcome to Country – Lian Loke
03:05   Michelle St Anne’s Methodology and the Beginning of Lola
10:45   David Roesner’s Composed Theatre Methodology
14:35   Feeling Vibrations and Activating Senses
19:35   Knowledge Translation
23:45   The Ups and Down of Rehearsal


Associate Professor Lian Loke, University of Sydney
Killian Quigley (Chair), Postdoctoral Fellow, Sydney Environment Institute
David Roesner, LMU Munich
Michelle St Anne, The Living Room Theatre and Sydney Environment Institute

This event took place at the Seymour Centre on Thursday 11 January 2018.

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