55 minutes | age guidance 12+ | the Zugunruhe stream has the option for Captions & subtitles
Available to stream online until 31 July.
Mechanimal presents… the online version of Zugunruhe. We advise audience to wear headphones for the full audio experience, and a more intimate and personal connection to the piece and performance. It is free to stream, and will be available to watch on demand until Saturday 31 July 2021 via vimeo. Enjoy!
This is a theatrical invitation to pause. To watch. To listen.
Filmed in an empty venue and on location in the South West during the January lockdown, Mechanimal present a digital imagining of their award-winning show, Zugunruhe.
Zugunruhe (zoo-gun-rue): an ornithology term for ‘migratory restlessness in birds’. This show explores the incredible flight of a marsh warbler, the world’s only bird whose song echoes its migration route. Body-compasses, magnetic fields, African sunsets, star-chasing, storm-riding, homing…
Zugunruhe aims to widen the lens on the way we think about migration, looking at it from the point of view of natural history and evolution. By specifically exploring birds, the show takes audiences on a fascinating journey into non-human migration in the 21st century – and how this might in turn offer reflections on human movement.
Rehearsing among birds in the wetlands of Somerset, performer Tom Bailey creates a feast of bird behaviour alongside a digital sound map of the marsh warbler’s journey, made by composer Rowan Evans.
Winner of an Edinburgh Fringe Herald Angel Award 2018
‘Unusual, utterly compelling solo show’ ★★★★ – The Herald
‘Global and international… a unique and mesmerising production’ ★★★★ – Fest
‘Thoughtful, well-performed and beautiful show’ ★★★★ – Fringe Review
‘Extraordinary… moving and enlightening’ – New Scientist
‘Never thought I would be so engrossed by watching a man pretending to be a marsh warbler trying to fly the nest for the first time’ – Lyn Gardner
This digital imagining was funded by Arts Council England with support from Pound Arts.
The original stage piece was developed in residence at UCL Migration Research Unit. Supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Arts Council England and Red Brick Building.
Unable to tour in 2020 due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Mechanimal are currently working on the development of their latest project, Megalith. An exploration on Copper Mining. Find out more information, please visit the Mechanimal website.
Audiences can watch the content for free but are invited to pay what you can with all proceeds going directly towards Mechanimal and the creation of Megalith – enabling the brilliant team who make this work, including performers, sound designer, movement director, dramaturg, lighting designer and associate director and freelance artists, to keep doing what they do. The world will come together to see their brilliant and important work soon. DONATE HERE
Part of Season for Change, a nationwide programme of artistic and cultural events that celebrate the environment and inspire urgent climate action. Season for Change is led by Artsadmin and Julie’s Bicycle, delivered in collaboration with over 30 partners and supported by Arts Council England and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.