Dance of the Bee
Martin Friedel & Michael Kieran Harvey
Presented by Arts House and Astra
8pm, Fri 11 Sep
5pm, Sat 12 Sep with Post-Show Q & A
5pm, Sun 13 Sep
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” – Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee
The signs are there: over the past few decades, humanity’s 5000-year collaboration with the honey bee has been building toward a grim conclusion. If we fail to heed their warning, could we be casually swept into the fossil record alongside them?
Dance of the Bee is a remarkable interspecies musical collaboration; a work performed by three pianists, the vocalists of the Astra Choir and alive swarm of bees, housed inside a sculpted, transparent hive.
Woven through the mysterious song of the bees, the pieces range from soundscapes to intense virtuosic arrangements, punctuated by semi-improvised sonic excursions.
As the bees sing, live video allows us to observe the marvel of the hive at work – and to ponder on the fragile connection between our world and theirs.
Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Dumsday, Joy Lee
The Astra Improvising Choir Directed by:
The Astra Choir directed by:
Supported by – Dance of the Bee has been supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, The Robert Salzer Foundation, and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by – Mim Whiting