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[Immersive Environment Design] Hour of the Wolf. By Matthew Lutton and Keziah Warner. Directed by Matt Lutton. Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, 2023.

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posted on 2024-06-17, 06:09 authored by ANNA CORDINGLEYANNA CORDINGLEY
Confirming Malthouse Theatre Melbourne's commitment to immersive and interdisciplinary productions, Hour of the Wolf is a hybridised game/performance/installation entailing twelve immersive rooms, arranged as a detailed labyrinth within the Merlyn Theatre and Dock. Audiences move autonomously to receive fragments of a contemporary gothic narrative, authored by Keziah Warner. Within this nocturnal world, the installation contextualises and supports the characters, pitches the ambiguities and mysteries of the town, and allows for the unravelling of its riddles. Thriller as genre/provocation informs both concrete and dream states within this visual, spatial, tactile and aurally sensitive design by Anna Cordingley. New knowledge and innovation represented is here dominated by a technical, environmental and material awareness, consolidated over twelve months of intense design development and construction. The infra-red sound technologies driving Jethro Woodward's audio design impact and inform Cordingley's physical space: physical masses cause interference, reflective surfaces create nuanced behaviours and object disturbance can all alter an audience's audio experience. Alongside movement design, accessibility and detailed aesthetics, sound behaviours are integral tenets of Hour of the Wolf. Under the Artistic Direction of Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre has championed creative research that reaches distinct, diverse communities. This production attracted video gamers, escape room fanatics and new young audiences. Its funding derives from National, State and Philanthropic sources. Malthouse's dedication to artistic excellence has garnered critical acclaim, with awards and accolades recognizing its ground-breaking work. This major production, its largest for the 2023 season, played from 19th Oct to 17th December 2023.

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  • Original Creative Work : Design / architectural Work

Place

Melbourne, Australia

Venue

Malthouse Theatre Melbourne

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Malthouse Theatre

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Immersive Performance Environment Design

Research Statement

Hour of the Wolf is a hybridised game/performance/installation exploring the possibilities for audiences to move and behave autonomously, receiving fragments of live performance narrative and visual and haptic triggers, and lacing together a coherent gothic narrative, authored by Keziah Warner. New knowledge and innovation represented is here dominated by a technical, environmental and material awareness, consolidated over an intense development. Infra-red sound technologies impact and inform Cordingley's design: physical masses cause interference, reflective surfaces create nuanced behaviours and object disturbance alter an audience's audio experience. Alongside movement design, accessibility and detailed aesthetics, sound behaviours are integral tenets of Hour of the Wolf. Under the Artistic Direction of Matthew Lutton, Malthouse Theatre has championed creative research that reaches distinct, diverse communities. This production attracted video gamers, escape room fanatics and new young audiences. Its funding derives from National, State and Philanthropic sources. Malthouse's dedication to artistic excellence has garnered critical acclaim, with awards and accolades recognizing its ground-breaking work. This major production, its largest for the 2023 season, played from 19th Oct to 17th December 2023.

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Major Main Stage Programming (2 months)

Affiliation

Anna Cordingley, University of Melbourne

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