Brighton Festival is seeking people to participate in ‘Attractor’, a unique ecstatic music/dance ritual. Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa have joined forces with Melbourne’s choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek, and two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc to take the audience on a trance-noise odyssey.
Brighton Festival is looking for people aged 14 and above to participate on stage during the final 15 minutes of the 60 minute performance. There are no prior skills required: people from all demographics and walks of life with a willingness and excitement to explore are welcome. Get in quick to secure your desired date and time as there are only 20 spaces for each session.
Attractor will be performed in the Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Tues 15 May and Wed 16 May at 8pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and add ‘Attractor’ in the subject line to let the team know which date you are avaliable for.
Senyawa’s performance reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering trance through dance and music as a powerful secular present-day form. Their sound borrows from the metal bands they listened to as teenagers – Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden – and Indonesian ritual and folk idioms. Their music and performance is influenced by forces in nature to take the audience into a transformative state outside of organised belief systems.
As the performance unfolds, Senyawa’s unique fusion of hand-made electrified stringed instruments with opera style and heavy metal voice slowly builds to a euphoric pitch. The exceptional dancers are propelled into wild physical abandonment and ecstatic release, that transmits to the audience as a visceral empathic experience. The demarcation between dancer and non-dancer, audience and performer and the professional and the amateur dissolves as the performance transitions into a large-scale dance event.
Tue 15 & Wed 16 May, 8pm – Brighton Dome Concert Hall
Price – £10, £15, £17.50, £20