SOUND DESIGN THEATRE AND DANCE





Natasha Anderson

 
 PRODUCTIONS


 The Flood
 

 Aviary
 

 Tarkovsky's Horse
 

 The Stirring
 

 The Year of Magical Thinking
 

 
 




The Flood

The sheep farm is now dilapidated. The farm house, dark and squalid, still sits by the river. A tiny rundown living room is lit by broken lampshades, throwing an uncertain light onto piles and piles of magazines, a life in wreckage, a mad old lady, and her isolated hard-drinking daughter. As the sun sets, the flood waters rise. The memories are seeping through the floorboards. The screen door bangs open in the soughing wind and rain, and Catherine returns home from London. Three women are now trapped in the house - a mother and her two estranged daughters; one who takes care of her, one who has been away for twenty years. 

Set against a vast dark painting of an Australian moonlit landscape - seen dimly through a veil of flywire – The Flood is an Australian Gothic, full of hidden secrets, looming unnamed threats, a heightened landscape both haunting and hostile, and the terrible undertow that the monsters are inside, not outside.

A Finucane & Smith creation
Written by: Jackie Smith
Directed by: Laurence Strangio
Performed by: Maude Davey, Caroline Lee & Shirley Cattunar
Designed by: The Sisters Hayes (set & costumes); Natasha Anderson (sound); Bronwyn Pringle (lighting)

Performances
Premiered La Mama, Melbourne December 2009
Touring nationally in 2012 co-produced by Critical Stages

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Aviary

New writing for the near future

Melanie Beddie of The Branch Theatre Company brings together three new plays by three emerging writers.

Deep down somewhere, in some bone cartilage, in some bone cartilage near her cheek bone, hidden right in there, was the residue. The stain of DNA past. And it kicked. It kicked in and she was flying.
~ Anna Barnes

July 2009 La Mama, Melbourne

Director Melanie Beddie
Writers Anna Barnes, Dan Giovanni, Ming-Zhu Hii
Set Darryl Cordell
Lighting Bronwyn Pringle
Sound Natasha Anderson

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Tarkovsky's Horse

 by Peter Fraser
Tarkovsky's Horse is a dance about standing.
The vertical stance that makes us human.
A stuttering dance, balanced between rising and falling, gravity and grace - flickering like a silent movie.


Presented by The Weather Exchange.
With video from Samuel James and music by Natasha Anderson.


Performances August 2008
Melbourne Dancehouse
Sydney Campbelltown Arts Centre
Performance Space @ Carriageworks


"...One of the sublime experiences of my theatre going." Kevin Jackson

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Natasha Anderson

Image: Heidrun Löhr


The Stirring

de Quincey Co

The Stirring brings industrial and Indigenous histories of CarriageWorks to life, leading audiences in and around the building of the former railway workshops in a labyrinth of experience shaped by dance, light, installation and sound. Bringing together renowed Bodyweather artists and performance-makers from Australia and Japan, The Stirring looks beyond buildings and machinery to uncover CarriageWorks diverse social history, unlocking Eveleigh's past, present and future.
Tess de Quincey

Performers Henreitta Baird, Tess De Quincey, Victoria Hunt, Alan Schacher, Oguri (Japan)
Composer|Sound Installation Natasha Anderson
Lighting Travis Hodgson

Performances
8 - 17 November 2007

Daily Telegraph November 2007
"...one of the most haunting and captivating dance performances I have ever encountered."
Shoba Rao

Australian Stage November 2007
"... none that I’ve been to has been quite as impressive as The Stirring, the latest work from the De Quincey Co. Tess de Quincey and her fellow dancers and artists have created an atmospheric, haunting and beguiling work that engages closely with the site ... Installations, sound, dance and interactive pieces interact with the space, forming a mise-en-scène of site-specific art that is at once disturbing and intriguing ...This is a beautiful and unusual work, with excellent performances by the five dancers and some wonderful visual art as well. The industrial moods of the space carry through to the art, carried by the ghostly echoic associations of the old train sheds. The Stirring is a kind of sensual history exhibition, tapping into not only the industrial past of the space, but also something more ancient in the soul."
Tessa Needham

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Natasha Anderson

Image: Heidrun Löhr


The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion

Over the course of one brutal year a woman loses her soul-mate suddenly and their only child slowly.
The woman at the centre of this terrible series of events is Joan Didion. One of the great American essayists and novelists of the past 50 years, her writing is marked by a unique combination of the personal and the universal.
Based on her best-selling memoir, The Year Of Magical Thinking captures the compassion, humour and bewilderment of this fiercely intelligent woman whose world lurched suddenly from the ordinary to the unimaginable.
It is a love letter to a child and a tribute to an extraordinary, unconventional marriage, told with raw candour and a brilliant storyteller's gift for the absurd.

Sydney Theatre Company
Creative Team:
Director Cate Blanchett
Set Designer Alice Babidge
Costume Designer Giorgio Armani
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Composer/Sound Designer Natasha Anderson
Associate Director Jennifer Flowers

With Robyn Nevin

Sydney Morning Herald 31 March 2008
“Natasha Anderson’s sound design, especially the popping light globes and sparks, underscores the fractured reality and shocks”
Bryce Hallett

The Australian 31 March 2008
“Excellent sound by Natasha Anderson punctuates Nevin’s performance with revelatory force, especially when the vortex effect cuts in. This is not a comfortable show, but it is very powerful.”
John McCallum

Stage Noise March 2008 "Composer and sound designer Natasha Anderson adds scenic punctuation that sounds like the rhythmic hiss of high-tech medical equipment, blood rushing in veins, the wind, the ocean (a recurring theme for Didion, a one-time Malibu resident), neuro-surgery, oxygen tubes. Life and death. And all the while, Nevin/Didion tracks the truth, the facts, the causes and contributors to her situation...The Year of Magical Thinking is not so much a play as a testament to the power of laughter, intelligence, courage and love. As such it is one of the most uplifting and, dare I say it, entertaining 90 minutes of Life ever seen on a Sydney stage.


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