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Public to star as Southampton hosts a ground-breaking light and sound show
IT promises to be a ground-breaking light and sound extravaganza – where Hampshire residents become the stars of the show.
Southampton’s Guildhall Square is set to come alive when a dazzling art display is brought in to brighten up the dark winter nights.
For three days next week, the square will become the venue for a state-of-the-art interactive light and sound installation.
And rather than watching performers or artists take the lead, it will be the people of Southampton themselves who will be invited to play the starring roles in the performances.
The Strange Attractors (The Anatomy of Dr Tulp) work will be coming to the city centre from Friday next week to Sunday, November 3.
It has been organised by the city’s John Hansard Gallery’s Art as part of the Art at the Heart autumn programme, which involves a number of the city’s leading art groups.
Strange Attractors has been created by artists KMA, otherwise known as Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler, who have worked as far afield as Italy and China.
It will use light and sound to completely transform Guildhall Square into an interactive piece of art.
A lone figure will be projected on to the centre of the square, and members of the public will be invited to interact to create an ever-changing display of moving light.
The whole display will be played out to specially-composed music by composer Peter Broderick, while each night of the event will feature dance performances by Art Asia, including dancer Anusha Subramanyam.
Dancers from the Southampton-based organisation will combine British sign language with hand signals from the ancient Indian Bharatanatyam form of dance.
The performances will take place from 6.30 to 9.30pm from November 1 to 3, and are free for anyone to take part in or simply watch.
Strange Attractors is just one of a number of performances scheduled to take place in Guildhall Square over the next year.
With the neighbouring £21m arts complex due for completion by 2016, city bosses are keen for the square to host more art and cultural events.
It recently hosted the SO:FEST free music festival, while next summer it is set to be the venue for a play based on Saints.
The full details of the production, which is being organised by the Nuffield Theatre, have not been revealed but it is understood it will be based on the memories of hundreds of Saints fans and could see a mini-St Mary’s Stadium being built in the square.
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