The Wasp

Theatre

Composer, Sound Designer



Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Director: Sam Snedden
Producer: Alice Kirker
Cast: Bree Peters, Miriama McDowell
Performance Designer: Meg Rollandi
Production Design Assistants: Kate Carrington & Sophie Forsyth
Light Designer: Jane Hakaraia
Stage Manager: Sofia Miernik
Technical Operators: Tim Janson, Izzy Lao, Deb McGuire
Photographer: Andi Crown

Violin: Anita Clark
Double bass: Scott Maynard

September 2022; Matchbox; Q Theatre, Auckland
October 2022: Circa Theatre, Wellington

“The technical element that is truly outstanding is the music, composed by Emi Pogoni. As the lights dim to start the play, so too does the house music slow down and distort into something unsettling and almost demonic. This occurs again after the intermission – this use brings us effectively into (and back into) this disquieting show. The sounds of wasps buzzing which is scattered around the theatre are also used at pivotal points, as well as violin (Anita Clark) and double bass (Scott Maynard) at the perfect moments to build the tension within the scene, in a way that makes your hair stand on end.”
-- Emilie Hope, Stuff

“superb sound”
-- Glenda Pearce, Broadway World

“At one point a buzzing sound brushed past my ear and I froze, shoulders tensed, before realising there wasn’t a wasp taunting the audience – only a cleverly placed sound effect, humming just below the conversation on stage. I fought the urge to reach out and swat the imaginary insect for the entirety of the opening scene. This transformed the performance into a visceral experience, digging deep beneath the skin to envelop the viewers into this strange and treacherous plan... the sound still served as a character of its own, translating the strained on-stage atmosphere into another gripping sensory component.” 
-- Olivia Wright, Rat World
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Standing In The Threshold

Contemporary Dance

Composer



Choreographer: Amber Liberte
Dancer: Nadiyah Akbar

For the Footnote Dance NZ show The Movement.

May-June 2021; New Zealand tour

“Emi Pogoni’s complex music, by turn an electronic drone, sometimes a rich, many layered vibrato, at the end a shrill electronic effect.”
-- Mona Williams, DANZ
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Artifact

Contemporary Dance

Composer



Choreographer: Forest Kapo
Dancer: Rosie Tapsell

For the Footnote Dance NZ show The Movement.

May-June 2021; New Zealand tour

“Artifact by Forest Vicky Kapo, with sound design by Emi Pogoni is a sophisticated and well-structured work, performed with precision and depth of expressivity by Rosie Tapsell... Sensorial elements languidly accumulate through the rather beautiful soundtrack. Rosie’s voice necessitates a consideration about what is still human in the cyborg space.”
-- Felicity Molloy, Theatreview
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The Single Object

Mini Documentary Series

Composer


Produced by Hex Work Productions in association with Objectspace for The Spinoff


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A Figure Exhales

Dance

Composer


Choreographer: Zahra Killeen-Chance

For Auckland Arts Festival



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