Urban Devas, a collaboration between sonic artist Phil Dadson and choreographer Carol Brown was commissioned by Auckland City Council for Living Room 2010, as a Public Art Event.
A roving chorus of 10 women dressed in high visibility clothing and carrying megaphones inhabit a series of civic sites within a Central Business District. Informed by Max Ernst;s graphic novel and artist's book Une Semaine de Bonte (A week of Kindness) they appear as surreal figures - devas - between reality and myth. Arriving unannounced and out of the blue, they sing strange greetings, howl, whisper and metamorphose into bird-like standing figures, gathering attention and transforming civic spaces into performance enounters.
Premiere:09 April 2010
Premiere Venue:Friday April 9th, Living Room event launch, 6.15pm, Pier 3, Quay st. CIty.Sat. April 10th 2pm, Pier 3, Quay st start Tues April 13th, 12.30pm. Freyberg Place start Thurs April 15th, 2pm Pier 3, Quay st start Fri 12th Nov 6pm Massey University Sat April 17th, 12.30pm, Freyberg Place start
Sonic Artist Phil Dadson
Costume Design by Christina Houghton
Research Assistant: Becca Wood