SEA STORIES | AUDIO WORK
Melbourne-based artist Roslyn Oades is creating an inspiring new audio work, designed to be experienced at sunrise on the beach as part of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Arts Program. The source material for this project will center around interviews with local athletes who have a special connection to the ocean, discussing the theme of resilience, discipline and the mental ‘zone’ they experience in both training and competition. Roslyn is also seeking to interviews a diverse array of Gold Coast locals who also share a close relationship to the water.
Grab a coffee, pull up a deck chair and settle in for an intimate, uplifting journey into the headspace of some extraordinary humans…
Sea Stories explores the relationships between meditation, dreaming, discipline and mental health. This locally-made audio project will offer visitors the opportunity to attend a special beachside storytelling experience at dawn. As an artist, Roslyn is particularly interested in the mental ‘zone’ professional sportspeople go to when training for hours on end - that almost dreamlike connection between meditation and endurance. She is fascinated by the places the mind goes to as one strives to achieve, stay balanced, survive, keep going, endure pain/duration, etc. Inspired by the experiences of elite athletes, the project will compare the sportsperson’s experience with the personal experiences of inspiring locals from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives - incorporating their unique reflections on going into a ‘meditative zone’ of sorts to endure challenge. These additional voices will include: an indigenous elder, a professional surfer, a drifter, an ocean swimmer, a flood survivor and a refugee who has escaped persecution by boat. Drawing on locally sourced interview recordings and a specifically commissioned sound design, Sea Stories will be an opportunity for audiences to experience an intimate composition of transformative first-person stories that poetically connect with the ever-changing horizon before them.
The finished audio work will be presented during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, as part of a corresponding program of arts and cultural activities. Audiences attending Sea Stories will be invited to meet on a Gold Coast beach at dawn where they will encounter a hospitality caravan. Upon arrival they’ll be offered a complimentary hot beverage and handed a bag containing an audio player, headphones & sunglasses. Then they’ll settle into a line of comfy deck chair along the beach front and listen to a thirty-minute audio work – made up of documentary voice recordings and musical composition – designed to synchronize with the sun rising over the horizon.
Throughout 2017 Roslyn will be visiting the Gold Coast to conduct a series of one-on-one long form audio interviews with a selection of inspiring subjects. Interviews will be conducted on the Gold Coast and will take approximately 1-2 hours each – scheduled at a time convenient to the interview subject. Roslyn’s interview style is very relaxed and will be conducted over a cup of tea/coffee. During the interviews Roslyn will lead a guided conversation, which will focus on the theme of resilience, endurance, discipline and hope. In return for the interviewee’s time, they will be offered a high quality audio recording of their interview and a personal invite to attend the finished work. All interviewees will be asked to sign a release form giving Roslyn permission to use extracts from their recording in the finished audio work. Please note, not all interview recordings will feature in the finished work, but they will all play an invaluable role in Roslyn’s research into mental endurance and sports psychology.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Roslyn is an award winning writer/director known for her pioneering work in audio-driven theatre. Her signature works include the Melbourne Festival hit, Hello, Goodbye & Happy Birthday (touring to the Gold Coast Arts Centre in August 2017), I’m Your Man (Belvoir/Sydney Festival), Stories of Love & Hate (Urban Theatre Projects/Sydney Theatre Co) and Fast Cars & Tractor Engines (Urban Theatre Projects). Previous commissions include: At The Hip (HotHouse Theatre), Cutaway–A Portrait (Vitalstatistix) and In A Deep Dark Forest (The Inhabitors) an immersive work for children, which premiered at Arts Centre Melbourne earlier this year. She is currently working on an online interactive project with SBS TV and is an artist-in-residence on RIGHT.HERE.RIGHT.NOW. with Urban Theatre Projects. Roslyn also works as a cartoon voice actor and can be heard on many well loved children’s TV series including: Bananas in Pyjamas, Tracey McBean, Dogstar, Zigby and the upcoming international coproduction, Sherazade: the Untold Story.
Creative Producer: Min Collie-Holmes on MB: 0402 407 484 / email: min@Festival2018.org.au
Director: Roslyn Oades at: email@example.com