Dust at Assembly Rooms - Ballroom is the world premiere of a multi-media collaboration that should be on every lover of film and new contemporary music’s “to see” list this year and, to be honest, fighting for space amidst the vast performance canvas that is the Fringe is perhaps not the best place for this innovative project as it deserves a far more targeted performance and exhibition platform.
Dust is a combination of three distinct elements
1. The music of The Melomaniacs - Kim Murray (guitar), Mike Marlin (vocals and guitar) and Paul Silver (keyboards and saxophone). With lyrics by Mike Marlin, “Dust” is their story and experiences of travelling across America in 2017 set to images and music and words. The Melomaniacs perform their music live on stage with the film “Dust” playing behind them creating an immersive experience for the audience.
2. “Dust” the film by the Scottish filmmaker Lee Archer. The film itself could be the subject of its own review but, as is often the case, the devil is in the detail here as it merges with the stories in the music and lyrics of The Melomaniacs’ work.
3. “Dust” the photographs taken by the New York based photographer Jean Luc Fievet. Although some works are on display separate from the performance space, the planned exhibition space for them was unfortunately not possible at the last minute at this venue. There is however a well illustrated book available with the photographs and information on the project, and of course lyrics to the songs.
There are so many ways that you can experience and approach this multi-media work. The on-screen visuals are a separate work in their own right, and the music and words of The Melomaniacs are both haunting and powerful at the same time.
With this tightly integrated multi media performance work, The Melomaniacs are following on in the footsteps of “Pink Floyd” and of course multi-media pioneers “The Velvet Underground”. If your tastes include either of these bands then you should enjoy “Dust”. If you feel like just taking a “wild card” at this year’s Fringe, then “Dust” may just be the one for you too.
The music from “Dust” is available to buy on CD and vinyl, so you can also take the performance music home with you after the show.
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Review by Tom King
Assembly Rooms - Ballroom
Country: United Kingdom - England
Group: The Melomaniacs