………………a sensual and magical world created for the audience from
natural sounds, sampled sounds and digital sounds, ……..
constructed entirely from bamboo.
Six performers musically explore this new world in which they
live as gatekeepers, caged birds, newborn and dying, subterranean
and flying, laughing and crying.. As sisters, as lovers, as twins;
as family and alone, they exist in a world of surreal beauty,
creating music from and within that world.The music springs from the
bamboo itself and from their very breath. This world is both natural
and real, digital and virtual.
Bim…BamBoo!! is designed to give a
strong visual basis to the music. Although this 45
minute show is music driven the sound is strongly linked to the
visual. The show is site specific and so the set is constructed
especially to suit the environment of the performance.
set itself is actually the source of much of the music. For example,
24 tall bamboo poles are triggered percussively to become a giant
keyboard played by up to five performers at once. There are other
natural sounds created from bamboo (both wind and percussion) as
well as the conversion to synthesised and sampled sounds that can be
controlled by two players at once. And of course the magic of the
human voice is the essential ingredient.
The six performers are: Linsey Pollak, Annie Lee, Christine
Johnston, Josh Burnet, Andy Arthurs and Jessica Ainsworth. The four
visual artists are: Jenny Pollak, Ana Pollak,
Sally Currie & Nona Howard.
Although Bim…BamBoo!! has a very natural look,
and many of the sounds emanate from breath, voice and bamboo, there
is also a very contemporary hi-tech edge in which digital technology
is used in new and creative ways. The show opens a door into an
inner world inhabited by the six performers ….the audience watch
as voyeurs, eavesdropping overtly and publicly. Bim…BamBoo!! is music theatre that is music
driven rather than theatre driven. There is no narrative, no
dialogue, and the audience themselves create the relationships
between the performers. It is an aural and visual feast!