Signal at Dusk

Cryptic connect land and sea with sound in Signal at Dusk, a captivating, boundary-crossing coastal opera set against the transitioning sunset sky by Dutch duo Strijbos & Van Rijswijk.

Roaming the beach, a cast of female voices sing through loudspeakers about the waves as sources of seduction, of desire, of nourishment, of danger, destruction and loss. Like a siren song, fragments of texts of poems about the sea from these modern-day mermaids lure listeners along a kilometre long stretch of Irvine beach as darkness falls. Their ethereal voices move over the sand like the desolate tones of foghorns, with lights guiding your way as they dramatically search the landscape like lighthouse beacons.

Exploring mankind’s never-ending interaction with nature and the sea, the work is also presented as an environmental, day time installation, Signal-on-Sea, which all beach users can explore. Accompanied by a sonic-tapestry of choral voices, this operatic odyssey will make for a memorable maritime adventure for all to enjoy.