The sounds of this town’s streets, wildlife, nightlife, vehicles, venues, homes, musicians and offices are looped, sieved, filtered, warped and stretched to make new, beautiful and perturbing music.
Circadial is about the rhythms and polyphony of a place; the way that sound can locate you in time and geography. Sleepdogs make local field recordings over the days and nights preceding the performances, from which they create a live, improvised, constantly shifting music. They think of it as finding the ghost music underneath the traffic noise, street bustle, police helicopters, and birdsong.
Sleepdogs have used these techniques of manipulating field recordings as the basis of composition in a lot of their theatre work, but this is first project where they're putting the process at the centre of the performance.
Each version of Circadial is unique and created specially for each location they play.
For further information about booking and presenting Circadial, please contact Kate.
Sleepdogs originally made Circadial for Theaster Gates’ Sanctum, at Bristol’s Temple Church.
Circadial (Bristol) 1-4: Sanctum at Bristol Temple Church
Circadial (Bristol) 5: Bristol Old Vic, as part of Ferment
Circadial (Bristol) 6: The Station, as part of Mayfest
Circadial (Bristol) 7: The Wardrobe Theatre, as part of Mayfest
Circadial (Bristol Old Vic Studio RIP remix) 8: Bristol Old Vic Studio
Circadial (London) 9-10: at the National Theatre, River Stage as part of the Mayfest takeover weekend