Sophia Brous: Mount Analogue – A Provisionally Utopian Live Performance Event

A transformative trip to a surreal mountainscape of the mind

23–24 September 2022
150–250 kr

An immersive, kaleidoscopic landscape of sound, theatre, expanded cinema, music and interactive storytelling.

Sophia Brous: Mount Analogue – A Provisionally Utopian Live Performance Event(2022, WP)

This world premiere, commissioned by Ultima, brings together an international ensemble of distinguished artists under the direction of Australian genre-defying artist, musician and vocalist Sophia Brous.

Mount Analogue is adapted for the stage from the landmark novella Le Mont Analogue (1952) by French surrealist writer Réné Daumal (1908–44). Written in the last five years of the author’s life, the book has become a cult classic and was the inspiration for Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film The Holy Mountain (1973). The book describes a philosophical journey to a symbolic mountain. ‘The gateway to the invisible must be visible,’ wrote Daumal.

Brous’s radical ‘provisionally utopian live performance event’ examines the potential of transforming myth into reality, in an immersive performance workshop, theatrical reading, musical concert, and audio-visual installation. Begun in 2018, the performance is the next stage of a creative collaboration between Brous, US film maker Ben Russell and Academy Award-winning French sound designer and foley artist Nicolas Becker (Sound of Metal, Arrival, Gravity). The trio undertook a series of voyages across Europe from the Arctic Circle to the Aegean Peninsula to trace out a radiant path towards a mountain, culminating in a series of film and sound works. Mount Analogue is the latest stop on this adventurous journey.

Mount Analogue is set within an immersive landscape of 360 degree performance, sound foley, projection, custom-made instruments and large-scale scenography. It draws from the mountain songs, mystical objects and vivid imagery found in Daumal’s original book, in an experimental performance workshop of text, music and moving image, where exploration, exhaustion and ecstasy conspire with the audience’s imagination to realise a path towards a mythical mountain.

Director, writer & performer

Sophia Brous

Sound designer, performer

Nicolas Becker

Film maker

Ben Russell

Musician, kinetic sound sculpture, performer

Tony Buck

Accordion, electronics, performer

Camilla Barrett-Due

Actor, performer

Corinne Jaber, Ivan Cheng

Sound design, performer

Guillaume Malaret

Sound design, audio engineering

Seb Bureau

Set design

Simone Bartholin

Video Designer

Dino Botti

Lighting design, production manager

Tanja Ruhl

Associate director, dramaturg

Aaron Orzech

Executive producer

Francisca Aires

Stage Manager

Gig Clarke

In collaboration with

Den Norske Opera & Ballett

Mount Analogue has been developed with the support of

Ultima, Arts Council Norway, The Watermill Centre New York, Providenza Corsica, Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Australia Council for the Arts, Institut français de Norvège