Like Running Water

Ella Thompson, Clio Renner and Sui Zhen

World Premiere

[Ella Thompson] is like The Velvet Underground and Nico heading to Montmartre with AIR to reshoot an English version of Amelie.

Melbourne based musician Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins) has teamed up with fellow Victorian based artists, Clio Renner, Sui Zhen, Prue Stent and Sydney-based Honey Long, to create the ultimate super-group on Thompson’s newest performance piece, Like Running Water.

Known for her infectious pop vocals, dreamy, synth-heavy melancholia and heaving rhythms, Like Running Water will intertwine Ella Thompson’s distinctive sound with the classically oriented modes of contemporary composition. Featuring a string and woodwind quartet and the electronically charged forces of Sui Zhen and emotive pianist Clio Renner, Like Running Water explores the deconstruction of pop music in a multi-sensory performance.

Following on from Ella’s highly praised 2015 release Janus, Like Running Water will take in the surrounds of the sophisticated Elisabeth Murdoch Hall to create a multi-dimensional experience of what contemporary composition can become.

Together with Clio Renner, lauded by Tim Rogers as ‘a star whose intelligence runs bewitchingly with her powers’, and creative-shapeshifter Sui Zhen, whose latest album and alter-ego Secretly Susan landed her an impressive 7.8 rating by Pitchfork combining with the ‘dreamy, gruesome and beautiful’ (Vice) visuals of Prue Stent and Honey Long, Like Running Water builds on the group’s long oeuvre, to explore themes of water, and that which is strong is also soft, fluid and moves in cycles.

In Conversation with Ella Thompson, Clio Renner and Sui Zhen

Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon
Sat 07 October, 7PM

Join Ella Thompson, Clio Renner & Sui Zhen for an In Conversation with 3RRR’s Lauren Taylor to hear insights into the creative process behind the group. 

Free, book now →

Presented with Melbourne Recital Centre

One of the most exciting acts in Australia at the moment.

Refined and heart stealing.

Vocals and Sampler
Ella Thompson
Piano, Synthesizer & Vocals
Clio Renner
Synthesizer, Sampler & Vocals
Sui Zhen
Prue Stent
Honey Long
Samuel Boon

Melbourne Festival co-commission.

PHOTO | Prue Stent