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Sounding The River

Date uploaded: September 16, 2013

Sounding The River
3rd-6th October

Take a magical journey of sound, light and performance down the River Rea and into Cannon Hill Park.

Find yourself meandering along the riverbanks of the River Rea into Cannon Hill Park, where fire lit performers extinguish the darkness, mechanised birds fly past your ears and trees come alive with strange electronic song. As you drift along hidden river walkways, enter into a dreamlike place of water sounds, floating music and delicately rippling worlds. Click here to see a short trailer for Sounding the River.

Five years in the making, environmental, sound and light artist Jony Easterby has brought together a group of internationally acclaimed artists (Mark Anderson, Kathy Hinde, Anna Lucas, Ulf Mark Pedersen and Red Earth) to celebrate the hidden beauty of Birmingham’s urban river. Several of these artists created Power Plant, a feature of Durham’s enigmatic LUMIERE festivals and Liverpool’s Capital of Culture, which continues to tour the globe. All have a reputation for transforming the outdoors into fascinating, playful places that enthrall adults and children alike.

This nocturnal exploration of nature reflected through art is the final celebration of mac birmingham’s 50th year.

“Hijacking your intellect as well as your senses Power Plant is the stuff of your most bizarre, dreamy dreams…” - Metro on Power Plant

“A cool experience no matter what your age” - Sydney Herald on Power Plant

“ingeniously playful array of electronic stunts, kinetic sculpture and musical sound effects sprang a series of delightful surprises” - The Sunday Times on Power Plant

“His work is organic and dreamlike… childlike wonderment, like one gets from staring at waves in the sea or flames in the fire.” - The Guardian on Jony Easterby’s Carillon Shadows at The Public

“I’m sure some of those scenes will stay with me forever – they are history going on into the future” - Audience response on Red Earth’s CHALK, 2011

Sounding the River is a co production between mac birmingham and Jony Easterby and is supported by mac New Work Trust, Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, John Feeney Charitable Trust, Roughley Trust, Sampad, Edward and Dorothy Cadbury, George Henry Collins Trust and the Limoges Trust.

Click here for more information and to book tickets.