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[Nocturne] Depths of Sorrow by Motion Activated


5th Floor, Halifax Central Library (view from outside), 5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS


Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm - 11:59pm


The tragic and haunting story of the Titanic’s maiden voyage is told through this large scale projection mapping on the downtown core. Animation based on historical photographs, dramatic video, and infrared capture enable live dance performance to blend with the abstract narrative, retelling a story of courage and the ensuing darkness of that fateful night. The immersive sound score draws the audience into the emotion of that dreadful night while underwater imagery pulls us down to the final resting place and into the "Depths of Sorrow."

A multimedia performance with visual artist and animator Susan Tooke, audio/visual composer Lukas Pearse, and dance artist Veronique MacKenzie, "Depths of Sorrow" is a large-scale projection event relating the haunting and tragic story of the maiden voyage of the Titanic.

This abstract narrative retells a story of courage and the ensuing darkness that overtook the passengers and crew on that fateful night. The audience will see a fictional passenger embark on her journey across the ocean on a vessel deemed unsinkable. Set amongst hand-drawn images and animations based on archival photographs of the ship’s interior and exterior, the character’s video image moves and dances as she experiences the initial hopes of her exciting journey through to her final horrifying moments in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic. 

Live dance performance captured by infrared camera infuses the imagery with ghostly figures through real-time video processing. The immersive sound score includes Morse Code Fugue and nostalgic musical elements of the era while underwater imagery pulls us down to the final resting place and into the "Depths of Sorrow."

"Depths of Sorrow" emerged from a previous collaboration of Tooke, Mackenzie and Pearse through their project "Motion Activated," which appeared in part during the Nocturne 2011 event. Its ghostly infrared capture of a dancer interlaced with animations made it an appropriate technique for the creation of a piece for the Titanic 100 commemoration.