Groupe F performed Breath of the Volcano – written for the Auckland Arts Festival – over three nights in the Auckland Domain (March 7-9), utilizing the western side of the Auckland War Memorial Museum as stage, backdrop and canvas.
Snapshots of New Zealand myth, legend and history are in-acted by illuminated performers, projected film and animation on the museum walls, and interspersed with pyrotechnics interpreting Auckland’s volcanic past and possible future. It began with the museum becoming a giant seismograph, gradually the scale grew; the volcano erupts.
I particularly liked the references to the Rainbow Warrior, the Rena shipwreck, I didn’t get the cityscape with chicken – I asked Jo what she was laughing at – “why did the chicken cross the road?” she asked raising her eyebrows. “No idea” I said.
I saw Paddy Free’s name credited amongst the audio, not sure if that was for composition or sound, however Breath of a Volcano’s grooved out electronica sure sounds like something one half of Pitch Black would do.
I’ve included a couple of minutes of video; gives you an idea of the soundtrack.