One of the things I like about the Fringe festival is its unique venues and sometimes wildly different experiences. Sacred Resonance is one of those different experiences. Sacred Resonance are Darren Curtis and Bradley Pitt. They bring their award-winning performance back to the planetarium at Mawson Lakes for 2021, in StellarSphere.
On entry to the planetarium at Uni SA in Mawson Lakes, the space paraphernalia and images around set the serious tone for the evening. As you are ushered into the planetarium there is a serene and mellow atmosphere. In fact, this is my first Fringe show in which the audience is specifically asked to remain silent.
So, what is a sound bath? The domed room makes for the kind of acoustics that envelop the senses. The soundtrack is one based on the concept of 'celestial sounds'. That is, the newly found ability to record sound in space by measuring gravitational waves. Some of these sounds are used in the performance, along with more traditional resonating instruments like singing bowls. The sounds are manipulated in real-time to make each show unique.
The sounds and ethereal visuals are inspired by Johannes Kepler, Plato, and Gustav Holst's belief that the solar system and the planets have their own music based on mathematical ratios or sounds. The planetarium dome allows the visuals to surround your view. You'll be drawn into the dance of galaxies and planets before plunging into fractal and mandala visions.
The intimate space of the planetarium means that ticket availability is limited this season and StellarSphere has once again sold out. Don't make the mistake of not booking early next year. Having said that, they are performing two other shows in March at The Joinery in Franklin St, Plant Songs: Sound Bath in the Celestial Gardens, and their free Plant Songs installation and exhibition.
For a different experience this fringe season, check out the works of Sacred Resonance. StellarSphere creates an atmospheric experience akin to walking among the stars.