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The Great War

Start date: 08 March 2018

End date: 11 March 2018

Dutch live-animation theatre company Hotel Modern, whose chilling production Kamp from the 2013 Adelaide Festival lives in many memories, again confronts profound horror with a kind of epic intimacy. Performers arrange and animate convincing miniature worlds created from sawdust, rusty nails, parsley and other household paraphernalia with tiny cameras that project on to a giant screen. Ignited mist from cans of WD-40 becomes conflagrations engulfing whole townships. And all the while composer/foley artist Arthur Sauer synchronizes amplified match strikes, manipulated sheets of old metal, sticks on drum pads and triggered digital samplers to create the soundtrack of thundering shells and Gatling guns.