en masse

en masse is a poetic blend of film, music, and performance, created by Genevieve Lacey and Marc Silver.

After sold out seasons in Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals, it was redeveloped for White Night, MONA FOMA, and performances in Beijing, in collaboration with Ben Cobham and Andrew Livingstone from Bluebottle, before travelling to National Sawdust, New York.

A lush, layered soundscape envelops Genevieve as she plays. Surrounding her, thousands of starlings, wheeling in wondrous unison. These exquisitely filmed birds are mesmerising. Seemingly of one mind, they flock, disperse, reform again, creating a space for audiences to listen and dream.

Being immersed in en masse is akin to Genevieve’s experience performing this work: leaping into the next flight of sound, following its updrafts, lifting higher and higher.

en masse muses on migration, individualism, tribal behaviour. At its heart is a desire to create a place of contemplation. As T.S. Eliot suggests, a ‘still point of the turning world.’

"A hypnotic blend of music, sound and film, experienced while lying on lounges in a darkened room. Bliss."
- Deborah Jones
Genevieve Lacey — co-creator, recorders
Marc Silver — co-creator, film
Jim Atkins — sound design
Pete Brundle — system design
Paula Levis — costume
Paul Lim — light
Michael Jankie — production manager
Lawrence English — installation sound
Deanna Smart — producer, for Arts House
John Rodgers, Jim Atkins, Lawrence English, Steve Stelios Adam, Christian Fennesz, Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, dj olive, Taylor Deupree — contributing sound artists