MOUNT ANALOGUE: A Provisionally Utopian Live Performance Event

By Sophia Brous (after René Daumal)
Premiered at Olso Opera House, September 2022.

Commissioned by Ultima Festival Oslo, Norwegian Arts Council, The Watermill Center New York, Providenza Corsica, Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Australia Council for the Arts, Institut français de Norvège.

“The gateway to the invisible must be visible.”
– Mount Analogue

MOUNT ANALOGUE is a cross-disciplinary performance work created by Sophia Brous, with an ensemble of international collaborators.

Inspired by the 1952 landmark parasurrealist novel Mount Analogue by French author René Daumal, the work examines the actualisation of myth into reality, and follows a voyage to find the ultimate, symbolic mountain.

Operating at the thresholds of theatre, immersive sound and film installation and musical performance, Brous’ reimagining posits Mount Analogue as an invisible monolith brought into reality through collective will, where exploration, exhaustion, and ecstasy conspire with the audience’s imaginations to realise an ever-upward course towards a mythic mountain.

Using text, mountainside songs, radiant objects and rich imagery drawn from the original pataphysical novel by Daumal, the performance takes place on an empty theatre stage that gradually gives way to a kaleidoscopic environment of sound foley, film projection, kinetic sound sculpture, props and bodies.

Mount Analogue examines humanity’s capacity to bring almost anything into being by force of its own will – even a sacred mountain.


October 5, 2018