On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres
While genres can come in handy for classification, they can also be kind of limiting. We all know that one person who only listens to this or that, throwing some things aside and embracing others all because of a label (we see you, people who profess to hate country more than anything). Life is way more fun when you take the time to dig a little deeper and uncover what’s not so obvious – Restrung is taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 17–19 to bring us a smorgasbord of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art. Let’s take a closer look at the spaces in between …
This year, Restrung returns for its third year running to deliver an all-star line-up of more than 50 global, national and local artists that bridge the gaps between specific genres – classical, electronica, folk, jazz, rock, pop, minimalism and more. The performances you see cannot be put into a box or bound by a single word – the bill has been curated specifically to challenge people’s perceptions of the arts realm. From soloists to massive groups and dancers to theatre, Restrung is a journey through the obscure, the illicit and the plain magnificent.
The three-day program is packed with goodness, but there are a few events popping up that have got tongues wagging. Punters can take in the visual and sonic feast of a collaboration between Collusion and the Queensland Ballet Academy – Muscle Memory: Reflex brings new dance and chamber music together to create a truly electric performance. Another must-see is DUSK, the result of a second collab between celebrated Australian composer and improviser Richard Grantham (also known as The Viola Cloning Project) and ground-breaking contemporary performance company Zen Zen Zo – think layers of looped strings meets explosive physical theatre.
Keen to sample a new perspective? You can check out the whole Restrung program and buy tickets through Brisbane Powerhouse.