H A L F | L I F E
World Premiere 2022 / Q Theatre, Auckland
Lo | Co Arts
Tempo Dance Festival
Choreographer: Loughlan Prior
Composers: Claire Cowan & Tom Dennison
Dramaturge: The Friday Company
LX & Scenic Design: Filament Eleven11
Costume: Coralie Hale
Performers: Laura Saxon Jones
Photography: Celia Walmsley
Film: Jeremy Brick
Animation: Glynn Urquhart
As human life recedes further and further into a virtual space, corporeal existence is slowly left behind. The frontier of physical and psychological
extremes is crossed as the spiritual and the digital intertwine.
Enter a world of speculative fiction, blurring the realities of physical and metaphysical realms. On the threshold of irreversibly entangling every personal nuance, every bodily experience with the Eternal Virtual, we trade holistic control for curated minutiae and voyeuristic crumbs. Shut down the somatic. Construct upgraded reality. Engage pixels to drown out the distant alarm bells menacing humanity from a few moments into the future. Upload the present. Upgrade the afterlife. Run the human race. Everything can be yours.
Half | Life is an intriguing multidisciplinary full-length work by Lo|Co Arts - an
ensemble of acclaimed mixed-genre artists working to create engaging contemporary experiences. Directed and choreographed by Loughlan Prior and
composed by Claire Cowan and Tom Dennison, the performance incorporates
ground-breaking MiMU music technology, and explores the vertical integration of
digital space with live performance below.
Featuring an outstanding company of dance artists (Laura Saxon Jones, Kirby
Selchow, Kit Reilly, Tabitha Dombroski and Björn Åslund) and one musical
enchantress (Claire Cowan), this production is a contemporary meditation on self-expression, the effects of an altered subconscious and the governance of