Close your eyes and listen…
Are there bees living in your ears?
Has the sea stopped crying?
Is the house sighing?
Let the music caress you.
In Daydream, the director Inne Goris returns to the essence of listening. Together with the ‘Ruimtevaarders’ designer duo she sought out a place that is safe and quiet, where the outside world is only a hum in the distance. A place where children and adults can listen and dream… A container. A container full of music.
On the outside this container is the way containers are meant to be: hard, cold, rusty and dirty. But once you enter this steel hulk you find yourself in a different world. Inside this installation everything is warm, soft and comfortable. You enter with friends or loved ones – Daydream is an intimate experience. As soon as the doors are closed the room is just for you. Settle into the soft cushions. Close your eyes. Dominique Pauwels’ music embraces you like a cool breeze.
Is that all, then? No, that just where it begins. The music is everywhere, you can hear it and feel it, it evokes a world of images. It transports you to a thousand and one places, to places where anything is possible. You awaken from Daydream as if from a gentle fantasy. What is your story?
Back to basics. When Inne Goris received an invitation from the Manchester International Festival to develop a musical project for children, she decided to go back to basics. Performances are often many things at the same time: play and words and music and images. Great, but are young ears still capable of just listening? Can young (and less young) ears, accustomed to a multitude of stimuli, handle pure sound?
With Daydream, Inne Goris stands up to the challenge. Together with the creative team “the astronauts” she searched for the perfect listening environment. The Port of Manchester became the inspiration for a very particular location: a freight container. Full of music.
On the outside, the container is what we expect a container to be: hard, cold, rusty and dirty. But those who enter the steel colossus step into a different world. Inside, everything is warm, soft and comfortable. Visitors enter alone, or within an intimate circle – Daydream is a very personal experience . Once the doors are closed, the room belongs to its visitors. They are surrounded by soft cushions. They close their eyes. The composition of Dominique Pauwels embraces them like a cool breeze.
So, is that it? No, that’s only the beginning. The music stimulates the imagination and provides young and old the building blocks to create a unique story of their own. Each visitor leaves Daydream with their own story, dream or fantasy. So, what’s your story?