Performed In a space comprising a balcony around an empty centre space. The audience is placed on the balcony looking down on the performance.
The existence of an unknown continent TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA was originally conceived in the mind. It was an idea which arose from the need to order the world image – to make it comprehensive through opposites and as such it is related to the notion of podes and antipodes. Numerous efforts were made in the attempt to place this location as a physical reality on the map of the world. The wanderings of the mind anticipates the physical journey, penetrating the heat of theh destructive and scorching sun at equator and reaches the freezing cold f the south. Exploring the idea of an unknown continent in the mind which with references to the known daily surroundings is envisioned, formed and held as an image.
The myth of departure is also one of return, with the annihilating trial as the dangerous treshold. The antipodes of the world now live in the constellation of the stars.
The scenography is integrated as a central part of the performance. The floor is covered by large pictorial surfaces, painted in a hieratical perspective (i.e. as in Egyptian wall paintings and Australian bark-drawings). A scenic space is created using a visual language identical to a former world concept.as opposed to the allegorical pictures of Italian Renaissance where ceilings were painted in a depth-perspective. The concentration of the audience is directed towards the floor, the surface, the outstretched and schematic representations.
The performance is without spoken words. Song and music is played live accompanied by prerecorded sounds and music created for the performance.