REVIEW: Where Memories Sleep
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Here at Something Something, we feel that gig reviews tend to ignore the basics, bag on the hard working musicians, and leave little room for the next artists to improve their events, at the end of the day sometimes you just want to know if there is good selfie lighting. However we’ve constructed a Gig Review Checklist through the lens of a more industry perspective.
Where Memories Sleep wasn’t your usual gig, so our gig review may be a little different than usual today, but here’s our thoughts on the show anyway.
We’ve scored them out of one to five SOMETHINGS in each of our crucial gig requirements:
(1 being ‘not your best’, 5 being ‘wow amazing!’)
Where Memories Sleep was an immersive cine-dance production that incorporated music, dance, storytelling and cinematography held at Space Place. The cine-dance production was inspired by real-life experiences in Antarctica and was translated into an imagined legend of the Aurora on the world’s most intriguing continent. The project was a collaboration between scenographer/documentarian Jason O’Hara and composer Warren Maxwell (who are also both lecturers here at Massey) supported by a team of professional dancers.
Promotions: 2 SOMETHINGS
I found out about the show on CoCa Massey’s Facebook page and again on Space Place’s page . There were also a few posters scattered around uni but overall the promo was pretty minimum. But hey, the mysteriousness got me there so they must’ve done something right!
Turnout: 5 SOMETHINGS, AMAZING!
Amazing turn out! So many people from all ages were there and all seemed to be having a blast.
Atmosphere: 4 SOMETHINGS
The low light and ambient music created a relaxing and immersive atmosphere. The venue catered to a small audience per show so it made for a breathable space. The simple floor seating was a really nice idea but it got a little uncomfortable and at times restricted your view. They could have maybe used cushions or bean bags to make things more comfy.
Sound: 5 SOMETHINGS, WOW!
The sound was a huge part which made this experience as successful as it was. It was what created the overall feel of the show and was a big part of the storytelling. Good job Warren!
Venue: 5 SOMETHINGS, OHH YEAAAHHH!
Using Space Place’s dome room was a really unique venue to use for a show like this. The room was smaller than your usual venue so allowed for small audiences and more sessions throughout the different days. It also suited the type of show to a T!
Price: 4 SOMETHINGS
The show was between $12-15 and ran for about 20 minutes. Even if I had to go without dinner for a night, I’d do it again. Definitely worth the price!
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