Flock is an excerpt from ABANDON set in the walls of Japanese visual artist Naoko Yoshimoto. The dancer is caught within the shadows of the voices, balancing finely between anxiety and serenity. Both the moving dancer and still garments, focused in a single space, represent a memory of living histories.

Dancenorth and Opera Queensland premiered ABANDON in Townsville, July 2013. Abandon is a synthesis of sublime baroque music and contemporary physical dance, where extraordinary singers from Opera Queensland, phenomenal dancers from Dancenorth and brilliant musicians meet in a landscape of the imagination. Lindy Hume and Raewyn Hill co- devised and co-directed the work and virtuoso accordionist James Crabb created bespoke arrangements to accompany the soprano, alto and bass voices, which he performed on stage, underpinning each character’s emotional journey. ABANDON is exquisitely costumed from the 2013 Summer collection of Sydney designer Alistair Trung, with set design by Bruce McKinven and lighting design by Ben “Bosco” Shaw.

Naoko Yoshimoto is one of Japan’s rising stars of contemporary art and The National Arts Centre, Tokyo is Japan’s most prestigious art gallery.