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Ensemble Offspring

The Secret Noise

October 14, 2014 | 8:00pm 11:00pm

In The Secret Noise, Ensemble Offspring will be joined by a cast of dancers and actors to explore the secrets of hidden sound, in a hybrid arts production inspired by music that is deliberately shielded from public life.

Join this exploration over a series of fantastical scenes referencing forbidden ceremonies, legally extinguished music, covert music-making and private love-songs. You will move through the catacomb-like maze of Sydney’s Lower Town Hall uncovering secrets and hidden messages in this intimate performance, a cross between music, dance and installation.

Created by composer and co-Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring, Damien Ricketson, The Secret Noise has something for everyone – from those who love intimate performance experiences of new sound worlds, to anyone fascinated by work crossing the boundaries of music, dance and performance. And for those who can’t resist uncovering mysteries, the work is like the ultimate music trivia, where you can delve into the experience and try to uncover more than 35 hidden messages and music references.


Delve into the secrets of The Secret Noise through its online portal. View footage of the premiere, hidden layers of meaning and special behind-the-scenes documentation.

“Gomes and Ricketson have succeeded in negotiating the potential pitfalls inherent in immersive performance to create an insightful and highly visceral evening”

Maxim Boon, Limelight (The Secret Noise)

“…the most engrossing passage of play came in a solo from Edwardes on keyed percussion: not over-complex, shaped with clear-speaking artistry…”

Clive O’Connell – The Age


Date & Time

20-22 November 2014 @ 8pm, matinee 3pm 22 Nov | Sydney Town Hall

14 October 2016 @ 7.30pm, 15 October 2014 @ 2pm & 7.30pm | Arts House North Melbourne



Damien Ricketson – The Secret Noise (World premiere)


The Secret Noise is supported by the City of Sydney

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Carlos Gomes (director)
Narelle Benjamin & Katherine Cogill (movement)
Katia Molino (actors)
Jason Noble (clarinets)
Claire Edwardes & Bree van Reyk (percussion)
Fausto Brusamolino (lighting design and technical management)

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The Secret Noise