Consort of the Moon
Genevieve Lacey and Erkki Veltheim
Consort of the Moon imagines a new choral ritual, built from the echoes of an ancient melody.
The work layers live and hyper-real electroacoustic music to usher in a hypnotic, unifying ceremony. Audiences are welcome to participate, or simply sit and listen to a drifting, environmental soundscape that alters the collective sense of space and time.
This twilight gathering is inspired by the oldest known piece of notated song—an ode to Nikkal, Goddess of Orchards and Consort of the Moon. The music echoes the calls of owls, bats and cicadas—blurring lines between human and animal realms in a nocturnal metamorphosis.
Co-Creators | Genevieve Lacey and Erkki Veltheim
Dramaturg | Ruth Little
Lighting Designer | Bosco Shaw
Sound Designer | Byron Scullin
Movement Consultant | Ashley Dyer
Costume Designer | Shio Otani
Production Manager | Nathan Evers
Producer | Freya Waterson
Participation Producer | Chelsea Byrne
Choral Specialist | Stephen Grant
Vocalists | Deborah Kayser and Austin Haynes
Choir | Alexander Gorbatov, Alexandra Phillips, Amelia Le Pastrier, Anna Gifford, Anushka Tiwari, Ben Owen, Ela Salisbury, Ellery Durrant, Emily Guo, Giovanni De Simone, Hamish Gould, Isaac Burgess, James Billson, Juliarna Clark, Katie Richardson, Katherine Norman, Kieran MacFarlane, Leyland Jones, Lily Ward, Linda Kent, Louise Bileter, Maree Macmillan, Margaret Dunleavy, Sarah Amos, Stephen Grant, Steven Hodgson, Troy Rainbow, Veronica Shewan, Victoria Bilogan, Xavier Grindlay
Stage Manager | Jo Leishman
Audio Operator | Adele Conlin
Lighting Assistant Natalia Velasco Moreno
Costume Assistant | Anna Pontelandolfo
Recording Engineer | James Wilkinson
Piano Structure | Muz Dempsey
Recorded Vocalists | James Billson, Isaac Burgess, Giovanni De Simone, Maggie Dunleavy, Leyland Robert Jones, Stephen Grant, Austin Haynes, Deborah Kayser, Sunny Li, Yu-Tien Lin (Denny), Stephanie Macindoe, Maggie Orr, Mia Robinson, Madeleine Ryan and Lily Ward
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., commissioned by RISING, Adelaide Festival and Brisbane Festival.
This project has been supported by the Besen Foundation and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
THANKYOU TO Alex Walker and House of Muchness, Anna Connolly, Anthony Pateras, Ching Ching Ho, Chunky Move, Dermot Tutty, INLAND Concert Series, Paula Levis, Richard Gorr, Rohan Draper, The Substation.