The Hum is a free sound and movement trail centred across the Lancaster District by Flexer & Sandiland. Presented by This Place Project and Lancaster Arts, locations include St Nic’s Arcade and the Bus Station in Lancaster and the Arndale Centre and the Pleasureland Arcade in Morecambe.
There are no performers and no stage in The Hum, just real-life framed as unusual and surprising performance through your phone or other mobile device: everyday choreography by everyday people on their journeys through the streets of the city.
Forming a series of acute observations on how we live and embody ourselves in the urban environment, The Hum incorporates text and reading from a diverse range of artists. The writers are international dance artist Wendy Houston, dance writer for The Times Donald Hutera, Maria Oshodi director of Extant Theatre Company of visually impaired people and live artist Pete Phillips. The readers include George Adams of LPM Dance Theatre and theatre writer and director Mark Whitelaw, who both created new readings for this edition of The Hum. The work explores the subtle qualities of observed and experienced movement to create idiosyncratic narratives, ranging from the poetic and humorous through to the ironic and subversive. Re-visiting the activities of our everyday lives, The Hum is an immersive work that reveals an alternative view of the city through the existing movements that take place within it.
The Hum guides users to a variety of locations around the city, each one the focus of interaction between the public and the city’s infrastructure.
Upon arriving at a location users can listen through headphones to a soundtrack/narration describing and embellishing the everyday actions that take place in each particular place. Each narrator presents his or her idiosyncratic narrative that may be: personal, ironic, poetic, humorous or subversive.
Flexer & Sandiland: The Hum
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