Anna Craycroft

Only Breath, Words

Only Breath, Words is a theatrical production and immersive installation in light and sound. It is a performance without actors in which the address is delivered by the theatre itself. Sonic and light sculptures are powered by the building’s infrastructure. Sounds and words are articulated in resonant tones and dynamic illuminations.

Only Breath, Words embeds the essence of theatre–the performer’s voice–into the architecture of the space. Words, fragments and phrases flare, pop, and glow from grids of lights moving across the stage. The theater’s HVAC system “exhales” through flue pipe sculptures, creating hums, murmurs, and moans. The audience is immersed in dappled light and resonating drones.

This work is currently in development at EMPAC. It will premiere at EMPAC in Fall 2022.