WIRELESS is about untethered people and untethered technology.
By Choreographer Lisa Wilson and Composer Paul Charlier, Wireless weaves dance, music and design through interactive technology. WIRELESS uses familiar applications on mobile phones held by and attached to dancers to create and control an accompanying musical score in order to give eavesdropping and surveillance both shape and sound on stage, creating an inter-media dance-theatre work about trust, privacy and control.
WIRELESS uses tracking technology to go inside and re-present something dark and fragile inside each individual - loss of trust. It is neither a technological game played out in front of an audience nor a use of technology as an extension of human physicality. It is technology as an extension and expression of human desires.
We simultaneously desire connection and secrecy, intimacy and anonymity but instead create distance and suspicion, building glass walls around ourselves. Then we are shocked when our privacy is shattered.
WIRELESS is about disconnected trust as we grasp our ever-attached smartphones - instruments of constant desire.
Supported by The Australia Council of the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City City Council, the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and produce and supported by Metro Arts. Wireless premiered at The Judith Centre in 2017.
Director/Choreographer- Lisa Wilson
Director/Composer/Software designer- Paul Charlier
Dramaturge- Jennifer Flowers
Designer- Bruce McKinvin
Performers- Craig Bary, Gabriel Comerford Joshua Thomson and Storm Helmore
Video Artist- Nathan Sibthorpe
Lighting Designer- Ben (Bosco) Shaw
"Wireless provided moments of intense richness and monochrome sumptuousness that literally took my breath away, and the vernacular dynamism of Lisa Wilson’s choreography was, as always, a pleasure.
Onstage, the phones augment the dancers’ bodies and intentions. They are activated by the most subtle movements but crescendo with broad arcs of movement, a sonic choreography with resonance akin to a cathedral"
Kathryn Kelly, Realtime
"Wireless is eerily eruptive, quietly volatile and infinite.... a slightly different experience every time, the show works on ambient technology bending to the will of the performers in this dance theatre conquest.
A lack of dialogue has never spoken such volumes, in the dark corners of the Judith Wright’s stage."
Meredith McLean, the AU Review
"Wireless is intriguing, powerful and sinister, but with moments of beauty and of ‘cool’."
Ruth Ridgeway, XSEntertainment