Beacons is an emotional journey through voice and projections. The piece takes the audience right inside sounds, images, and narratives of love and longing, of wonder, and of reaching out to those we miss, in an audiovisual experience that is as special as it is unique.
The astonishing range and sensuality of the voice of Yvon Bonenfant form the sonic core of the show. The live singing alongside layers of recorded and processed voice combine to create atmospheres that fill with stories of heartfelt, profoundly human experience.
Alongside this, the engaging, enchanting video landscapes by video artist David Shearing – replete with flashing motorway works lights, antenna beacons, images of ocean buoys and lighthouses – take the audience deep inside a world of beauty and longing. They create visual poetry that explores the ways we humans signal to one another.
Along the route of the show, we visit sunsets, seasides, our ancestors, the scene of a car accident, love songs, and a dance of triumph, among other places. We arrive at a hello and a goodbye to those we love. Blending together the live and the mediated, sophisticated performance technology is put at the service of emotion.