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What happens to the people in the tunnel?" This is the question on the poster for Down to a Sunless Sea, a provocative new experiential installation by award-winning choreographer Lexi Meier, at the 2017 National Arts Festival Fringe. So what does happen? Well, imagine crawling and crouching through a giant intestine forged from plastic milk bottles and chickenfeed sacks. As you journey into the depths of this 50m-long, 1.2m-diameter internal organ, the sound track emulates the plastic pollution in our seas, as it pushes past you or brushes up against you as if you were a dolphin or a whale. Adding to the atmosphere is a recording of your time in the tunnel. What you say and how you respond to the visceral experience becomes part of the installations’ soundtrack. Taking up two rooms and winding through the restaurant and bar area at the PJ Olivier School Basement venue in Grahamstown, it will be hard for people not to be lured into the gut. Without giving away the surprise elements,...

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