Conceived by Sophia Brous.
Music Composed and performed by Sophia Brous, David Coulter and Leo Abrahams (Aus/UK).
LULLABY MOVEMENT is a contemporary theatrical song cycle exploring lullaby ritual from around the world, created by New York-via-Melbourne musician/performer, vocalist and artistic director SOPHIA BROUS.
Framed as a theatrical song cycle telling the story of a sleepless girl on a pebble beach on the edge of the universe, the piece is performed in over 25 languages, developed through an ongoing process of direct-learning research by Brous with migrant and refugee communities from across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia, which has seen her visit refugee camps through Europe and work with organisations including the Refugee Council UK, Good Chance Calais, Jungle camp, Calais and The Hutto Project, a refugee children’s choir in an emergency camp situated in central Berlin.
Performed in its first incarnation as a part of the 2015 Sydney Festival as a short commissioned work from Urbantheatre Projects, Brous was then supported by the Australia Council of the Arts to develop the work into a full-length song cycle with key collaborators British multi-instrumentalist DAVID COULTER (Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet, The Pogues, Robert Wilson) and guitarist/producer LEO ABRAHAMS (Brian Eno, Regina Spector, Imogen Heap, Pulp), which they undertook as a part of Brous’ artist-in-residence at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York in January 2016.
Currently being prepared for international premiere in 2017/2018, Lullaby Movement is moving into the last phase of production development with a full team of creative collaborators and international premieres to be announced.