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morphia series, 2002

Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series
photo Rachelle Roberts
From Morpheus, son of Hypnos and the God of Dreams, Morphia Series is a delicious morsel of text, sound, image and performance for audiences of 12 only.

A series of visual haiku, richly phantasmal and intimate, the piece works with the notion that life hovers somewhere between the ordinary and the metaphysical.

"enter pitch black, silent, an exotic treat to eat and drink
as light grows a figure in the distance, every shift exquisitely visible
a moving, audible body in the gleaming stillness of a subterranean world"
[Text courtesy of the artist.]

credits: design concept Ben Cobham, Helen Herbertson, performance, text, sound concept Helen Herbertson, light Ben Cobham, sound assistance Livia Ruzic, David Franzke, Byron Scullin, morsels John Salisbury

performances: premiere Melbourne International Arts Festival, October-November 2002; Singapore Arts Festival, August-September 2002; Glasgow, February 2003; Dublin, October 2003; Adelaide Festival of Arts, February-March 2004; Dance Massive, Melbourne, March 2009; Performance Space, CarriageWorks, Sydney, August 2009

Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series
photo Rachelle Roberts
reviews/articles - realtime

hybrid yield
keith gallasch, realtime 31, june-july, 1999

antistatic 1999
anne thompson,realtime 31, june-july, 1999

do remember this
virginia baxter, realtime 31, june-july, 1999

philipa rothfield, realtime 52, december 2002- january 2003

singapore arts festival: singapore plays its own tune
keith gallasch, realtime 62, august-september, 2004

18 minutes in another town
virginia baxter, realtime 90, april-may, 2009

Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series Helen Herbertson, Morphia Series
photo Rachelle Roberts

small piece of genius
mark brown, the scotsman, january 28, 2003

new territories
mark brown, the guardian, february 6, 2003

performance morphia series/sensuous geographies, the arches, glasgow
mary brennan, the herald, february 6, 2003

performance laid bare
mark brown, the scotsman, february 12, 2003

reviews: festival & fringe
katherine goode, the advertiser (adelaide), march 2, 2004

intimate, beguiling journey into darkness
alan brissenden, the australian, march 4, 2004

dream’s over in 18 minutes
clara chow, the straits times, june 11, 2004

a fragment of the dream
ma shaoling, the flying inkpot theatre reviews, june 12, 2004

festival out to make its mark
eamonn kelly, the australian, march 13, 2009

morphia series ?helen herbertson and ben cobham http://www.australianstage.com.au/reviews/melbourne/morphia-series--helen-herbertson--ben-cobham-2322.html
stephanie glickman, australian stage, march 19, 2009

a sense of mystery among movement
alex lalak, daily telegraph, august 11, 2009

dream journeys and premonitions
jill sykes, sydney morning herald, august 13, 2009


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