Where Memories Sleep is an immersive cine-dance production that tells the imagined legend of the Aurora in Antarctica. Blurring the lines between dance, theatre, music and film this exciting installation is a creative output inspired by the 2016 Scott Base, Antarctica residency by visual artist Jason O’Hara and musician Warren Maxwell. The project's goal – to introduce new audiences to Antarctic science.
Legend = fact + time + imagination
Extensively researched, the project draws upon traditional non-written storytelling from around the world, celebrating the international constitution of Antarctica while retaining a uniquely New Zealand perspective. It reinterprets the story of our scientific relationship with Antarctica with beautiful creative licence into a contemporary pūrākau (Legend) with a strong environmental messaging.
The narrative centred around the epic adventures of a young explorer who answers the call to venture south where she discovers an icy realm of exotic creatures, falls in love and is gifted the memories of the world by a powerful kaitiaki. It concludes with her return home leaving her heartbroken love to sing a song of lament so beautiful that it lights the night sky until her return.