ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY
Devised and Directed by Raewyn Hill
A compassionate, emotive and empowering dance work exploring humanity and the tension between grace and truth.
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Presented by Co3 Contemporary Dance Australia
A Perth Festival Commission
A compassionate and empowering dance work devised and directed by Raewyn Hill, exploring humanity and the tension between grace and truth.
ARCHIVES OF HUMANITY is a living and emotive meditation on human existence. A celebration of community, exploring the ways individuals respond and care for each other in a crisis.
The work features a remarkable set – a flock of birds, created by and carrying the stories of members of the Western Australian community in isolation. The birds united, soar as a collective symbol of endurance and hope. The sweeping narratives in the performance embrace the memories, desires, and aspirations of an affected community.
Eden Mulholland's stunning score opens the performance, echoing the movements of an ensemble of dancers in a gradual and persistent climbing arc of cyclical patterns. Some of the art world’s most striking scenes are reimagined in humanity’s tumultuous bid to transcend. To rise, to fall, but to always try to rise again – together.
Audio samples of Vivaldi’s Gloria are used with the generous permission of the University of North Texas. The recording is performed by The Collegium Singers & Baroque Orchestra, Richard Sparks, conductor. Cello performed by acclaimed cellist Helen Mountfort, who has worked with Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Midnight Oil, and is a founding member of My Friend the Chocolate Cake.