The whimsy of the Wind in B Minor. Credit: Steven Riggall
The Queensland Museum is a bustling place on a Friday, full of school groups and parents with their young children. But even the youngsters are captivated by durational performance The Wind in B Minor.
Three performers have taken over the Queensland Museum’s Inventorium space, to create an experience which explores different aspects of the wind and how we interact with it. This six-hour show is a mammoth event. Audience members come and go, are treated to cups of tea or at the very least, a sensory feast.
Using an impressive array of musical instruments (both conventional and unusual) and sound equipment, these performers create an immersive soundscape. It includes recordings and spoken word, but the highlight for me is the simple but beautiful live music.
Then they fill the space with dance, projection, windmills, shadow puppetry and movement. Having this performance in a children’s space creates a fascinating interaction between the kids and performers. Children are taught to fold paper aeroplanes. They are particularly excited by the shadow puppets, chasing them as they move up and down the screen. Later, older children sit mesmerized by the motion of the screen as it is blown about with a leaf blower. In this way, the audience becomes an integral part of the experience.
If you are anywhere near the Queensland Museum, it’s worth popping in for a unique moment of theatre. It does include reference to the violence of wind, for instance the destructive forces of cyclones, so it may not be suitable for children to see alone. But it is certainly an experience the whole family can enjoy.
Reviewed by Nerissa Rowan
The Wind in B Minor
17–18 May, from 10am to 4pm
Presented as part of Anywhere Theatre Festival
Supporters and Partners:
Artists: writer/performer – Sandra Fiona Long
Collaborator/performers- Naomi Steinborner, Andrew Davis
Sound Engineer- Stefan Lefabre
Design Consultant- Emily Barrie
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