Conceived by Sophia Brous
Music composed by Sophia Brous, Leo Abrahams, and David Coulter
Scenic design and direction by Michael Counts
Sophia Brous, voice
Leo Abrahams, guitar, electronics
Mauro Refosco, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin, percussion
A girl lies on a pebble beach at the end of the universe. Suspended in a fever dream…
Lullaby Movement is a theatrical song cycle exploring lullaby ritual from around the world. It was conceived and created by National Sawdust artist-in-resident, Australian vocalist and composer Sophia Brous, with the British multi-instrumentalists David Coulter and Leo Abrahams.
Performed in over 20 languages and dialects, Brous developed the repertoire through direct-learning research with migrant and refugee communities from across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, before composing the cycle of sublime music with Abrahams and Coulter, drawing on a unique sound world of acoustic and electronic textures interwoven with Brous’ sublime and powerful vocal performance.
Originally commissioned by Urban Theatre projects for the Sydney Festival 2015, the work has been developed in an artist residency at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and as a part of Brous’ year-long artist-in-residence at New York’s National Sawdust. Lullaby Movement is co-produced by ArKtype (NYC), Insite Arts International (Australia), and VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust (NYC).