Yvon Bonenfant presents
Mon 24 Oct 2011 | 7.30pm | £7/£5
Singing of car accidents, motorway roadworks, ambulances, airports and lighthouses, Beacons is an immersive audio-visual journey through the flashing warning lights which make up the nocturnal landscape of our industrialized world.
Bonenfant’s astonishing voice forms the core of the show. Singing live alongside layers of recorded and processed voice, his vocals are in turns sweet, startling, soothing, ethereally beautiful and gutturally emotional. As they mingle with floating video scenes of flashing motorway lights and glowing antennae, the audience enters a surprising new landscape which is actually build upon heartfelt, profoundly human experiences.
Created at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York, Beacons is the latest piece from Yvon Bonenfant, a vocal artist and performer committed to exploring the range and power of the human voice.
Based in the UK since 2002, his work has been seen at diverse venues worldwide, from the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris to New York’s MIX Queer Film and Audio Festival. He has also received support and been awarded residencies at respected arts organisations worldwide, from EMPAC (New York) to IDEAT (France), Mile Zero Dance (Canada) and Dance Digital (UK).
“inspiring, important and exceptionally relevant” Mary Anne Krell, The Wooster Group
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