In Congregation the audience is each given a silver sphere. They are instructed that the sphere will guide them to a location by emitting sounds, one sound for the correct direction and another for the wrong way. As the audience members walk off holding their sonic spheres they turn a corner and find more people also carrying spheres until they all become a congregation moving inexorably towards a central location.
The mass of ‘singing’ spheres will create a humming electronic web of sound that will attract and engage thousands of passers-by in a strange processional science fiction ceremony.
About Ray Lee
Ray Lee is an artist/composer who specialises in large-scale kinetic sound sculpture and performances. He won the British Composer of the year award for Sonic Art in 2012, and his works Siren and Chorus have toured internationally over the past decade. His recent work Ring Out was a PRS New Music Biennial commission.
Creative / Production credits:
Congregation is produced by Simon Chatterton in association with OCM (Oxford Contemporary Music).
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Congregation is supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Out There International Festival Of Circus & Street Arts.
Congregation has received initial support from the National Theatre Studio, Appetite – Stoke-on-Trent, Oxford Brookes University and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre.
R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.