Everything about this show is incredibly thoughtful...truly worth seeing" - OUTinPerth, 4.5/5 STARS
Our Sandman is an intimate, immersive and multi-sensorial live sound installation about the kinds of dreams we experience when we sleep, and how they interact with our everyday lives. Audiences are invited to lie down, close their eyes and listen to the stories of vivid dreamers amongst new electronic music pieces. In an environment that’s half-sleepover, half-spa, listeners are encouraged to explore dreams consciously by experiencing meditative sounds, visuals and smells. This atmosphere assists audiences in entering a completely relaxed, dreamlike state.
Upon arrival, audiences were invited to enter the installation environment. They were then asked to experience the work by lying on mattresses in the space, which featured lead artist Rebecca Riggs-Bennett performing spoken text and live electronica, as well as triggering original electronica and audio stories taken through interviews with individuals throughout Boorloo (Perth, WA). Moving visuals were projected onto the ceiling throughout the performance. These were designed to be "viewed" with eyes either open or closed, in order to evoke rapid eye movement.
Creator, composer, sound designer and performer:
Co-composer, lighting designer and stage manager:
Co-composer and vocalist: Niharika Senapati
Video artist: Hannan Jones
Visual Dramaturge: Clare Testoni
Provocateur: Steve Bull
Producer: Noemie Huttner-Koros
Publicist: Kayla MacGillivray
EEG Consultant: Gabbi Fusco
The development and realisation of this work was supported by the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art's Studio Program and developed and produced with the assistance of Crack Theatre Festival for the 2017 festival.
Photography by Pixel Poetry
I'm really grateful to have been so generously gifted such a beautiful experience, being in a space that invited you to rest and reflect on what it means to dream, to acknowledge all the scary things and beautiful things we uncover when we dream and acknowledge our dream lives in a safe space, and hold space for a part of all of us that I don't often give thought to. I really loved that this show brought people together in such a loving and caring way, and that at the end you felt like everybody's interpretation of the work were all equally valid and special. It's not something art always seeks achieve and it was delightful. Thank you Elsewhere/Rebecca for this beautiful gift of care, safety, story sharing, and freedom of inquiry, all generously bundled together to be engaged with through the power of art." - Audience member, 2019
Publicity photos by Tasha Faye Photography