The Hum (2017)

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A reflection and meditation on our own everyday interactions with the city.
Half cinema, half reality, where a specially composed soundtrack on your smartphone and visuals of the surrounding environment weave together to create a brand new event for 2017.

Further Details

To experience The Hum simply download the free app here (link will be announced in May), plug in a pair of headphones and follow the trail on your screen. There begins your journey through the streets of the city, encountering often-overlooked places and the events that happen there.
Forming a series of acute observations on how we live and interact with the urban environment, The Hum incorporates text from four diverse artists including: international dance artist Wendy Houston, dance writer for The Times Donald Hutera, Maria Oshodi director of Extant Theatre Company of visually impaired people and live artist Pete Phillips. These writers explore the subtle qualities of observed and experienced movement to create their own idiosyncratic narratives ranging from the poetic and humorous through to the ironic and subversive.
Re-visiting the mundane activities of our everyday lives, The Hum questions and elevates these inadvertent acts of choreography to the status of a feature film. At times profound yet often personal it is an immersive work that reveals an alternative view of the city through movements that take place within it.

In the Hum there are no performers and no stage just real life, framed as an unusual and surprising performance.


2017 Brighton Festival


Direction & Design: Nic Sandiland
Writers: Wendy Houston, Donald Hutera, Maria Oshodi, Pete Philips, Nic Sandiland
Readers: Amy Lyster, Jodie Hawkes, Alonna Flexer, Caroline Hume, Donald Hutera, Robert Kingsley, Pete Philips
Music: James Keane
Additional Soundscore: Nic Sandiland
Coder: DabApps

Supported by Arts Council England, South East Dance,
Commissioned by Brighton Festival