Review: Above Me The Wide Blue Sky

Written for The Stage

Fevered Sleep’s work defies easy categorisation. The thought-provoking Above Me The Wide Blue Sky, a multi-disciplinary performance that bears witness to the importance of our relationship with nature, is in keeping with their innovative approach.

David Harradine and Sam Butler have curated a delicately balanced installation that is underpinned by the acts of random coincidence only found in nature. Layers of lighting, original composition, film and text intertwine to create a testament to the environment. An ever-changing sky is projected onto large panels set above the banks of chairs that surround the stage. Films of water and fields flicker onto white stone, a nostalgic whirring that brings you in time with the meditative experience to come.

Laura Cubitt enters with a canine companion, Leuca, and begins to speak. She is a primordial storyteller, gathering us close with nuanced looks and inflections as she recites a prose poem constructed from conversations on nature gathered from interviews. Her narrative skates through the centre of this installation just as the Thames weaves a “ribbon of nature” through London.

Poignant yet playful, Above Me The Wide Blue Sky cuts through our urban lives and asks us not only to reassess the role of nature within them, but to confront how impoverished we will become if we continue to distance ourselves from the world around us.

Runs until 28 March. For more information go here


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