Kate Neal


Presented by Zephyr Quartet in association with Vitalstatistix

Semaphore is a compelling and intriguing exploration of signalling, communication and miscommunication.

Using physical, visual and aural encoding systems – Semaphore, Morse code, pennants, lights and binary code – dancers and musicians synchronise in a complex choreography of bodies, music and illumination. Animations and archival recordings of World War II signalmen further augment Semaphore’s rich visual and aural composition.

Regimented physical formations, outbreaks of cascading melody, intricate interplays of light and sound abound; Semaphore is an ingenious visual and sonic experience created by award-winning composer Kate Neal, re-choreographed by Gabrielle Nankivell for Vitalstatistix’s home, the Waterside Workers Hall, and featuring Adelaide’s leading experimental string ensemble, Zephyr Quartet.

“Neal draws on visual and auditory codes such as Semaphore and Morse code and refigures them in extraordinary ways… a consummate feat in sound and dance.” RealTime

Winner, Performance of the Year and Instrumental Work of the Year, Art Music Awards 2016

Image: courtesy of the artists

Creative Team

Composer: Kate Neal; Director: Laura Sheedy; Film and animation: Sal Cooper; Choreographer: Gabrielle Nankivell; Musicians: Zephyr Quartet and guests; Dancers: Gabrielle Nankivell and dancers



Project Dates

8pm, 27 November – 1st December, and 2pm 30th November
Waterside, 11 Nile St, Port Adelaide
Tickets: $25-$35, available in October