A cutting edge travelling installation providing a means to voice the UK’s rich mining heritage. The installation combines specially commissioned immersive music, dance, design and film to create a unique opera-ballet production. Global reach will be achieved with performance recordings and associated photographs, artefacts and film, accessed via a specially designed digital platform.
A specially commissioned performance to contribute to a unique tribute garden, in honour of the sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, accepted for the Chelsea Flower Show 2017. Leo Geyer’s piece was first performed, in the presence of the Hepworth family, at the New Art Centre in 2015, followed by a second piece commissioned by Tate St Ives. The piece combines many creative areas: music, dance and garden design.
An opera-ballet double-bill including Shattered Glass that amalgamates the music of Yorkshire-based Arthur Butterworth with letters written from Charlotte Brontë to her professor Héger. Glasstown brings together four stories from the fictional world collectively conceived by the Brontë siblings.
An opera-ballet production that memorialises the Jewish musicians imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau who were forced to play each day as slave labour commandos set off to and returned from their work. The production will revolve around one of the Sunday concerts given by the camp’s orchestra and vocal soloists. As well as music written in the camp itself, elements of the score will include an original composition in memory of Sir Martin Gilbert, renowned Holocaust historian. Performances will tour across the UK and abroad, in 2017.
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This public showcase performancse will feature Constella artists, young singers/dances accompanied by brass bands and choirs from the local community.
The performance will include an excerpt from the new opera-ballet The Canary Boys, which is set to tour the UK in 2018. Also in the programme, will be a selection of short works created by the community, re-imagined from stories told by local ex-miners.
The showcase performances will take place on 2 July at the University of Salford Maxwell Upper Hall from 4pm. There will be a second showcase performance on 16th July at 4pm at the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield.
The Canary Boys project is in partnership with the National Coal Museum, Hadlow College Group, Mill Hill & Betteshanger Mining Heritage CIC and StudioEvansLane. The project is dedicated to memorialising and presenting the stories of miners and mining communities throughout the UK. The opera-ballet will be toured across the country, performed in a bespoke touring installation. Outreach and education work will continue alongside the production.