The Hum

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The Hum is a reflection and meditation on our own everyday interactions with the city.
Half cinema, half reality, the piece weaves together visuals of your location with a specially composed soundtrack on your smartphone.

Further Details

To experience The Hum simply download the free app,  plug in a pair of headphones and follow the trail on your screen.

(The Hum Brighton is temporarily offline whist touring to other UK venues, it will be back in the new year)

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 to a sound score by musician James Keane. 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. 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.


Reviews & Interviews

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2017 Brighton Festival (Brighton)
2018 Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester) – click here to download the iOS app   click here to download the Google Play app
2018 Lancaster Arts (Lancaster, Morecambe and Lancaster University) – click here to download app
2018 Winchester Hat Fair (Winchester) – click here to download app
2018 Pavilion Arts (Bournemouth) – click here to download app
2018 Stockton International Riverside Festival (Stockton-on-Tees)
2019 Big Burns Supper (Dumfries)
2019 Swindon Dance (Swindon)



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, Mark Whitelaw, George Adams
Music: James Keane
Coder: DabApps

Supported by Arts Council England, South East Dance,
Commissioned by Brighton Festival
The Hum is supported by Without Walls Without Walls, managed by XTRAX, is a consortium of the UK’s leading outdoor arts festivals and organisations, and brings the best in new outdoor performance to diverse audiences all over the UK. It provides opportunities for UK artists to develop bold new ideas – from large-scale spectaculars to more intimate pieces – and is inclusive of all art forms and genres. Since 2007, Without Walls has commissioned and supported the development of over 100 shows, many of which have toured beyond Without Walls to 22 countries across the world. For more information on the work of Without Walls, please visit

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