“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because It’s the cornerstone of earth's life support system, It shapes climate and weather It holds most of life on earth 97% of earth's water is there It's the blue heart of the planet — and, we should take care of our heart.” Dr Sylvia Earle
Dangerous Song Blue – connects our hearts with the planet’s heart through the exquisite combination of endangered animal calls with the human voice and stunning underwater cinematography. The one hour performance EVOKES an emotional connection and response to the sometimes “hard to swallow” facts about the current 6th Extinction Crisis and state of our oceans, inspiring understanding, love and hopefully action.
There is no narrative. We already know most of the story, even if we choose to ignore it and don’t know the ending. It’s a song for the planet, an inter-species choral work, and they’re singing for their lives! If their calls don’t affect you then nothing will.
Dangerous Song Blue is second in the series – the first being 'Black', which has been performed to a wonderful response. A CD of 'Black' was launched in October 2016. 'Blue' will premiere season at Woodford Folk Festival 28 – 30 December 2016.
- Venue Format
- Theatre, Black Box Venue
- Technical Rating
- Touring Party
- 3 (2 musicians and 1 technician/operator)
Blackoutable space required Minimum Stage size 5/6m wide x 4m deep x 3m high Raised stage (60cm plus) or flat floor with tiered seating Ideal capacity - 100 – 300
This show is very self contained and only requires the venue to provide an audio technician for set up and performance as well as general assistance with unloading, FOH etc.
Linsey Pollak is well known all around Australia as a musician, instrument maker, composer, musical director and community music facilitator. He has toured his solo shows extensively in Europe, Nth America and Asia since 1996.
He has performed at most major Festivals around Australia and recorded 33 albums (solo & with various groups). He has devised many large Festival pieces such as “BimBamBoo!! (Woodford and Brisbane Festivals) and “Sound Forest” (Qld Music Festival) and also collaborated on many Music / Theatre projects around Australia.
He has worked as a musical instrument maker for 40 years and has designed a number of new wind instruments as well as specialising in woodwind instruments from Eastern Europe (having studied Macedonian bagpipes in Macedonia).
Linsey has a reputation for making and playing instruments made from found objects such as rubber gloves, carrots, watering cans, chairs, brooms and bins. First developed in his solo show “Bang it with a Fork” and further in the acclaimed children’s show “Out of the Frying Pan”, this line of musical inventiveness has ultimately led him to spearhead Live Looping and develop his solo shows such as “Knocking on Kevin’s Door”, “Playpen”, “The Art of Food”, "Making Jam", “Cycology” and “Live and Loopy”.
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Unique Selling Point
Dangerous Song Blue is a stunningly, innovative gateway into a better understanding of the most challenging issues facing our planet. Blue, through a hauntingly beautiful sonic and visual scape, allows us to reconnect emotionally with the creatures of this planet. An audience member said: “By elevating this vexed and painful cause to this level, you have evoked something more powerful than emotional or intellectual activity could do. … If others even remotely feel what was evoked in me then what you have created could have a profound impact on a much wider audience spanning cultures and languages”.
Dangerous Song Blue will premiere in December 2016 at Woodford Folk Festival. Following this time there will be high quality video, images and soundtrack in which to sell the performance and its concept.
In addition to this, we will have a substantial education pack with links to some of the most passionate and knowledgeable organisations and individuals in the world of ocean sustainability and conservation.
Examples of the quality of the imagery, audio and video can be viewed through website which profiles the current show - Dangerous Song Black.
This show provides presenters with a product that reaches way beyond the arts and into the areas of science and conservation. However, the artists are masterful in their own rights and add value to the experience through the community engagement opportunities which include: Live-looping technology workshops with Linsey Pollak (ages 15 and up); Vocal workshops for both general community and singers with Lizzie O'keefe (ages 18 and up). Highly unique to this product is a vocal workshop for singers on the improvisational processes employed to connect the voice with the animal calls (ages 18 and up).
All of these workshops are one of a kind and are delivered by highly experienced, mature and acclaimed artists who share with the participants their unique artistry and skills.
Linsey and Lizzie offer post show forums and discussion with the audience to discuss the work, the themes and contents as well as the artistry and technologies used to create the work.