Deep calls to ocean in fo­cus on loneliness

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shan­non Smith

This whale . . . calls out at the ab­nor­mal fre­quency of 52Hz and to this date con­tin­ues to be tracked on its solo jour­ney across the ocean. Ter­ence Smith

Den­mark’s own Ter­ence Smith has pro­duced, writ­ten and directed new soul­ful per­for­mance 52 Hertz as part of the Den­mark Arts Brave New Works #24 fes­ti­val.

Smith said five peo­ple with five sto­ries un­rav­elled the con­tem­po­rary na­ture of iso­la­tion; alone in an apart­ment, in a bustling bar, in the dial tone of a mes­sage bank and across the deep blue — wait­ing for a re­ply.

“52 Hertz uses per­for­mance and move­ment to reach out and touch the em­pa­thetic soul of hu­man ex­is­tence and is in­spired by the true story of 52 Blue, the loneli­est whale in the world,” he said.

“This whale, first dis­cov­ered in the late 80s, calls out at the ab­nor­mal fre­quency of 52Hz and to this date con­tin­ues to be tracked on its solo jour­ney across the ocean.

“The show is com­ment on loneliness in the modern age and shows that although tech­nol­ogy en­sures we are con­nected on­line and able to keep up to date with each other’s lives, we ap­pear to have be­come dis­con­nected in seek­ing face-to-face ex­pe­ri­ences with each other.” He formed the per­for­mance as part of his hon­ours de­gree at Curtin Univer­sity, and proudly brings it home to an au­di­ence of fa­mil­iar faces.

Youngs Sid­ing’s De­clan Brown stars in the show and the sound de­signer for the play is Eloise Carter, who also grew up in Den­mark.

52 Hertz shows at Den­mark Civic Cen­tre on Satur­day, Novem­ber 4, at 2pm and Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, at 7pm.

Tick­ets are avail­able on­line at www.den­markarts.com.au or at the door for $20 an adult.

Ter­ence Smith is the man be­hind 52 Hertz.

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