While you Sleep – The Street Theatre

A musical fugue and multimedia performance
Composer Kate Neal and visual artist Sal Cooper
Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April 2022 at 7.30pm

A Street Theatre, Tura New Music and Canberra International Music collaboration, While You Sleep is an immersive theatrical performance offering audiences an aural and visual excursion into parallel worlds of the classic musical fugue and the psychological ‘fugue state’.

It employs hand-drawn animation, live action, video and stop-motion, choreographed alongside the musicians on the stage.

Visual artist Sal Cooper speaks to Barbie about While You Sleep

While You Sleep unites string quartet, piano, electronics, gesture, design, light, video and animation in a surreal counterpoint of music, movement and image where nothing is quite as it seems. It is an exploration of the selective truth of memory, and the compelling possibilities of delusion.

Pianist Jacob Abela, violinists Isabel Hede and Zachary Johnston, violist Phoebe Green and cellist Katherine Philp are set in motion tracing intricate tracks and lines of flight across the stage.

The performers interact with three large screens, reversing, whizzing, spinning, emerging and disappearing between live performative elements and animated/visual content.

Bookings: https://au.patronbase.com/_StreetTheatre/Productions/WYSL/Performances


  • Standard: $50.00
  • Concession: $45.00
  • CIMF Members: $42.00
  • Students: $30.00

Image by Briony Jackson