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Indus: The Sound of the Story practical workshop with Gestalt Arts
Whether it’s on film or live, the visuals are only half the story, and the sound is vital for people who are blind or visually impaired. In this practical session, Ruth Mariner of Gestalt Arts and a foley artist present their ongoing work with opera in their production Indus, and explore how live ‘foley’ sound effects and audio-description can heighten the experience for everyone.Bethan performs in Indus
Although the production has been paused due to Covid-19 restrictions, Indus is an intimate new work and unique approach to integrated access using electronic music, foley sound effects, audio-description and the operatic voice. The production explores the relationship between disability and environment through the unlikely story of whale evolution. When a land-mammal begins first to explore the water, she finds a place where her differences become strengths, embarking on a journey of self-discovery towards an extraordinary future.
Influenced by the theatre-making of Tim Crouch (Adler and Gib), Simon McBurney (The Encounter), Bryony Kimmings (Fake it Till you Make it), and contemporary composer Meredith Monk, a team of opera/theatre makers join visually impaired singer Bethan Langford to re-examine the relationship between stage and sound, text, drawing and representation. In a cocoon-like sound word of soft electronic textures and song, staging and foley sound effects interact with storytelling (audio-description), leaving space for the imagination and creating a powerful and equal experience for visually impaired and sighted audiences.