Time Out (Melbourne) - - ARTS & CULTURE - Dee Jef­fer­son

SU­PER­SENSE, THE FES­TI­VAL of ‘ec­static’ mu­sic and per­for­mance, re­turns to the Arts Cen­tre in Au­gust to “turn the place on its head”, as cu­ra­tor, vo­cal­ist and per­former Sophia Brous puts it. For­get for­mal seat­ing and prosce­ni­ums – Su­per­sense wants to take the au­di­ence into places within the Arts Cen­tre that they’ve never been (and places they have been in, but for a to­tally dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence). The goal? An “ec­static” state. “Where in the past peo­ple sought out spa­ces of rev­e­la­tion in the pres­ence of di­vin­ity, in­creas­ingly we are seek­ing th­ese things out in spa­ces of col­lec­tive artis­tic ex­pres­sion,” says Brous. “I wanted to cre­ate a fes­ti­val that ex­plores th­ese in­ter­re­lated states of ec­static per­spec­tive.” Any­one who missed the first fes­ti­val is likely to be en­ticed by this year’s big names – Rus­sian rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies Pussy Riot; UK space-rock­ers Spir­i­tu­al­ized; New York art-rock­ers Blonde Red­head – but ‘head­lin­ers’ are not re­ally the point of the fes­ti­val. Rather, it’s de­signed as a three-day im­mer­sive “jour­ney”, from Fri­day night to Sun­day night. Mu­sic ranges from Nor­we­gian pas­toral folk (Ánde Somby, a mas­ter ‘yoiker’) to Sufi trance (the Mas­ter Mu­si­cians of Ja­jouka, from Morocco) to free im­pro­vised jazz (The Ec­static Mu­sic of Alice Coltrane Turiyasan­gi­tananda), psy­che­delic rock (Ja­pan’s Acid Mothers Tem­ple & the Melt­ing Paraiso UFO) and doom metal (Na­zo­ranai). Con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal also gets a look in, with a per­for­mance by Lon­don-based cel­list, com­poser and pro­ducer Oliver Coates (a col­lab­o­ra­tor with Ra­dio­head’s Jonny Green­wood). Per­for­mances in­clude Pussy Riot Theatre, per­form­ing their new work

Riot Days (which Brous de­scribes as “an in­dus­trial punk opera”), and a spe­cially com­mis­sioned work by Lau­rence Pike (PVT) and Ban­garra Dance Theatre’s Waan­genga Blanco (ti­tled

Mem­ory Field). Brous her­self will present the world pre­miere of her the­atri­cal song cy­cle

Lul­laby Move­ment and her en­sem­ble project EXO-TECH, fea­tur­ing Kim­bra.

EXO-TECH at Na­tional Saw­dust (Brook­lyn), March 2 2016

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