To accompany the upcoming Question issue on Sustainability and Innovation, Bristol-based PGR Nemo D'Qrill has submitted an interpretative dance piece on exactly that topic. The editorial team is pleased to present their work titled Duo Lunar, as well as a short introduction, here:
The dramatic rendition and lyrics of the song “The Sound of Silence” resonates with the choreographers perception of environmental debates and how technological advancement since the moon race has been used to justify pollution and the destruction of nature on our mother earth, Gaia. The lyrics, rendition of the song, and physical choreography come together to highlight the dialogue and conflict in the sustainability movement since the 1950s. It focuses on the historical silence brought on by misdirection and misinformation of media, fake experts leading to epistemic noisy forums, and the blinding of flashy neon-light technological goals.
To quote some of the lyrics:
“People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
And no one dared disturb the sound of silence
Words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence
And the people bowed and prayed, to the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning, in the word that it was forming.”
Performer and choreographer Nemo D’Qrill (They/Them) - The Great Dane (@nemo_liftalot) Supporting Artist Jude Elizabeth (She/Her) (@fallen_peanut)
Music: The Sound of Silence (version by Disturbed. Original composers Simon and Garfunkel.) Venue: Colston Hall, Bristol, United Kingdom. *All rights reserved.