Dasha Rush’s mysterious journey through Antarctica at Barbican’s Milton Court, Concert Hall, London. 18/10/17

It was around nine o’clock on a Wednesday evening when the concert hall slowly dove into glacial water.

After being shook by electronic duo LCC, comprised of Uge Pañeda and Ana Quiroga, a specific hypnotic vibe was settling in the room.

Was it because of the ancient Egyptian rituals or the abstract visuals that we felt lost in space? Whatever the answer, our spirits were not yet ready to embrace the upcoming performance.

Thanks to a short break between the sonic and visual experiences, the public had the time to digest the singular performance and clarify their thoughts.

It was time for the Russian-born Berlin based artist Dasha Rush and visual genius Stanislav Glazov to present their UK premiere of Antarctic Takt — a live performance initially launched for the Atonal festival in Berlin.

The journey began with a presentation of the project, a monologue by Rush. Explicit images of the holocaust were displayed on a large screen. The artist’s will to avoid atrocities caused by human kind was paired with her inclination to gradually distance herself from humanity, to a land free from human madness.

The hall immersed into dark abstract visuals generating frozen patterns and arctic landscapes. The power of this trip was enhanced by the unique sounds and sonar effects Rush had learnt throughout her career.

The visual experiences suffered from a few screening issues due to sophisticated 3D graphics and VJ production. It decelerated the flow of the journey but did not stop the performance from being as strong.

As the evening drew to an end, the synthesised sounds slowly faded in order to ultimately disappear in an obscure ice crack.

The last words used by the artist, emphasised her message and left the spectators with the choice to acknowledge it, or not:

 

“Thanks for not being here”

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