Polar Force transports you into a unique realm. The audience is immediately sealed away from the real world in a giant inflated cave, pristine white to mirror the snowy source of this performance, Antarctica.
The room is a home to a long, complicated creation of pipes, hospital-style tubing, water, microphones and dozens of valves at every junction. The atmosphere is set by the completely enveloping recorded sounds of the Antarctic outdoors; drips, cracks, rushing wind, creaks, gushes and booms.
The performance truly begins with two maestros stepping up to the contraption before us. The recorded sounds fade away as the complex manipulations of air, water, heat and cold builds up a new orchestra of sound before your eyes and ears.
The two performers work together like jazz musicians, anticipating and reacting to the other’s improvisations and creations, albeit on this never seen before instrument.
Opening and closing valves, applying ice and regulating airflow has never been so orchestral.
The created sounds, alone or overlapped by recordings, are heightened by the overlay of coordinated lighting, reminiscent of phases of a day in the bright white of snow.
The creator of this surreal experience, Speak Percussion, was inspired by the environment found in the Antarctic. They created the laboratory-like system used by the performers, as a way to recreate and control the broad spectrum of sound only found in a place not many of us can visit.
Come along to this brainchild of Australian artists and engineers. Every audience member will have a personal experience depending on their own encounters of weather, environment, memories triggered by sound and musicality.
Hear sounds as familiar as a dripping tap to as foreign as a dinosaur roaring within this soundscape. Open you ears to be lulled, terrified, surprised and calmed by the promises and threats of nature.