This performance of Equinox, created by Eucalyptusdom artist Jane Sheldon, marks a ceremonial transition, reawakening the exhibition space after a period of rest.
This work, for two sopranos and electronics, takes Danielle Blau’s poem, The Vernal Equinox Story as a setting. A finalist in Australia’s 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, it employs recurrent palindromes and is full of axes of symmetry — equators — an echo of the twice-annual symmetry of the Earth’s hemispheres in relation to the sun’s light, at each Equinox. Sheldon’s composition fills the text with musical mirrors and visual axes of symmetry.
Sheldon is an acclaimed Australian-American soprano and composer who specialises in the creation and performance of exploratory chamber music. Her original work Eucalyptus Wind Rose was created as the soundscape for Eucalyptusdom.