Verity Standen - HUG - An immersive choral sound bath
Each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer. Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song.
HUG tours the UK and internationally after critically acclaimed performances in Bristol, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Southbank Centre London.
★★★★ Guardian: ‘SONG ERUPTS AROUND YOU… IT’S STARTLING, MOVING AND GENUINELY IMMERSIVE.’
★★★★★ TimeOut: ‘TO FEEL SOMEBODY’S THORAX VIBRATE AS THEY TACKLE AN ELABORATE COUNTERMELODY FEELS LIKE THE MOST IMMEDIATE, VISCERAL EXPERIENCE OF MUSIC AS HUMAN EXPRESSION POSSIBLE, NOT JUST HEARING THE MUSIC BUT FEELING IT PHYSICALLY COARSE THROUGH YOU, YOUR WHOLE BODY SINGING LIKE AN ANTENNA TO HEAVEN.’
★★★★ Exeunt: ‘THERE IS MORE TO IT THAN JUST SENSATION. HUG IS ALSO A STRANGELY CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE, UNEQUIVOCALLY ILLUSTRATING THE POWER THAT MUSIC HOLDS TO MOVE US’