ABOVE ME THE WIDE BLUE SKY Returns to the Young Vic, Mar 7-28
Award winning Fevered Sleep return to the Young Vic with Above Me The Wide Blue Sky, an installation and performance about our response to the world outside our door, the view from our window, the place where we played as a child.
Staged within a multi-screen film installation with a soundscape of birdsong, weather and a new score for string quartet, Above Me The Wide Blue Sky is a one woman performance that weaves together images, movement and sound with stories of love, loss and belonging from an ever changing world. Fevered Sleep's 2010 show, On Ageing, focused on objects and belongings that give us our sense of place and identity. Above Me The Wide Blue Sky looks at our emotional response to the natural world. How it makes us who we are, affects our mood and defines what we call home. How it changes with time and in memory - often a change so gradual we are almost unaware of it.
As with On Ageing, Fevered Sleep have talked to people across the UK, collecting stories of their relationships with nature and the environment; relationships that have made them who they are.
The installation will be open for 3 hours every evening. Huge projection screens and multiple speakers will immerse the audience in sights and sounds of the natural world and in the middle, for about an hour, on a set of 2 tonnes of chalk a performance unfolds, meditating on our profound connectedness to the natural world.
Above Me The Wide Blue Sky is designed by David Harradine, Sam Butler and Ali Beale and lit by Hansjörg Schmidt. Music is by Jamie McCarthy, sound by Charles Webber and projections by Will Duke.
Fevered Sleep has an international reputation for devising groundbreaking work that is both playful and profound, through surprising and intimate experiences that encourage people
to see the world in new and unexpected ways. An associate company of the Young Vic, past work includes Young Vic co-productions On Ageing and The Forest; The Weather Factory, a site-specific piece for National Theatre Wales; and the acclaimed trilogy for young people
- Brilliant, And the Rain Falls Down and Feast Your Eyes - that explored everyday rituals as extraordinary creative events. The company have also published two books and made two short films including It's the Skin You're Living In, an exploration of climate, connectedness and home, available to view now at feveredsleep.co.uk/films