A twelve day prelude moving across the city; a twelve-hour sound art opera of betrayal and rebellion culminating in a spectacular series of disturbing performances in Chelsea College of Art Parade Ground; a one-day coda of debate.
Moving Forest expands the last 12 minute of Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ‘Throne of Blood’ (1957), into a sonic performance saga with a prelude of 12 days, a durational performance of 6 acts in 12 hours and a closing Coda for the sake of argument.
First presented at Transmediale.08. Berlin 2008, Moving Forest London maps an imaginary castle and a camouflaged forest revolt onto the hyper-playground of the London metropolis on the eve of Olympics 2012. Presented by a temporarily assembled troupe AKA the castle, Moving Forest brings together diverse visual/sonic/electronic/digital/ performance artists along with writers, walkers, coders, hackers, mobile agents, twitters, networkers and the general public to realize a contemporary version of a classic play. Making use of all media, the acts elaborate operatic manoeuvres into an escalating scheme of conspiracy and its contemporaneous political manifestations. The camouflage tree branches of Birnam Wood are electronically updated with contemporary forms of stealth and insurrection. Armed with signals and slogans, the Moving Forest forces an entry into the Castle. A final merging of forest and castle occurs during a moment of downfall, jubilation and loss.