M E L T A: London Premiere: Cafe OTO 31st May 2020, Lou Barnell

  • London
  • combined arts, interdisciplinary arts, music
  • Lou Barnell


A unique chance to see the London premier of M E L T A

May 31st 2020, ( Doors: 7.30pm Cafe OTO)


Sound and movement artist Lou Barnell has developed the practice of 'live dreaming' as a way to explore multidimensional orientation, listening and embodied sound.

Performance is type of dream.
And dreaming is a kind of performance.
These are spaces where we make meaning in the moment of being and enact the unsayable.

The ‘performance dream’ exists within porous membranes between body and material. This allows us to imagine possible futures for humanity in the face of self-destruction.
It gives language to Lou's feelings of disorientation and alienation as a neurodivergent female.
She uses alchemical wearable sound- material sculptures made and reformed live using ice and reusable thermoplastic, and biorhythmic sensors, to create a live body-sonic score.
The work in progress MELTA features Lisa Busby (Movement and Vocals) and Robin Foster (Technical Director)

The audience are invited into a kaleidoscopic, melting, fragile world where materials, bodies and sound resonate and communicate together intensely. An hypnotic explosion of sensory experimentation, shimmering visuals, extended vocal techniques and sensual, queasy sound. Everything quivers, droops, slips and bends. Movements are precise precarious and unsettling. Corporeal granular sounds oscillate, triggered by biorhythmic and environmental data.

Supported by Arts Council England.