RISING has announced their first flagship work for 2024 – a mass participation event with SHOUSE under the vaulted ceilings of St Paul’s Cathedral. Join a chorus of voices, use handmade instruments, and dance to choreography in this exciting celebration. After the event, SHOUSE will release a brand-new single, and all participants will receive a share in the songwriting credits. This exciting RISING event, Communitas, will take place on Saturday June 15, and it’s free to attend.
Communitas at RISING
You’ll recognise Melbourne-duo SHOUSE from the song, Love Tonight, a sleeper hit that was first released in 2017. After the pandemic, it boomed, moving crowds with its theme of connectedness. It took over European dance floors, and continued to grow, charting in over 50 countries and receiving over a billion streams around the world.
In the world-premiere event, Communitas, you’re invited to come together among hundreds of other people to sing and dance. Use handmade instruments by Jon Madin, and move to the choreography of Deep Soulful Sweats. The goal of SHOUSE’s Ed Service and Jack Madin is simple – they’re inviting you to feel a sense of shared joy that comes from singing and dancing in unison.
“Communitas is more than a musical event; it’s a collective celebration of the human spirit, a symphony of shared joy that transcends boundaries,” said Service. “Join us in the beat of drums, a chorus of voices, a mass of humanity, finally together in space and time.”
Communitas isn’t the first mass participation event at RISING. Just last winter, 11,000 Melburnians banded together to form the world’s largest kazoo orchestra.
“Music connects and moves people in a way that is a kind of magic,” said Hannah Fox, RISING co-artistic director. “In Communitas, everyone gets a chance to take part in making music with no experience or skill level required.”
Registration is free, and now open here.
In the meantime, RISING will return to Melbourne from June 1 to 16.