BIRDSONG: Stories from Pripyat

BirdsongWe are pleased to present a special performance and live-stream of Robin Richards’ BIRDSONG: STORIES FROM PRIPYAT soundtrack, synchronised with  Clara Casian’s accompanying film on Friday 15th June.

Watch the live-stream at 9PM or apply to be in the audience for this intimate performance at the historic Old Granda Studios.

An amusement park in the city of Pripyat was due to be opened on the 1st May 1986, but the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred just a few miles away on April 26th. The park’s owners opened the park for a couple of hours the following day for the people of Pripyat before the city was evacuated. Eerie images of the deserted Pripyat Amusement Park now permeate the visual representation of the city’s desolation.

This cross-artform project brings together original contemporary classical composition with film to explore an historic event through storytelling, montage and archival footage, culminating in a series of live performances across Greater Manchester and Kiev, Ukraine. The narrative arc of the 40-minute film follows the journey of people with first-hand experience of the disaster, as personal records and testimonies are interwoven with original material.

The performance and live-stream will feature composer Robin Richards’ (Dutch Uncles) forty-minute piece in several movements is based on first hand testimonies of evacuees and liquidators from Ukraine and Belarus, sountracking Clara Casian’s accompanying film which incorporates found and archival footage with original material filmed on location in Ukraine. The pair made a four-day research trip to the Chernobyl exclusion zone in May 2016 to meet with local artists, filmmakers and historians, collect original footage and archival material.

Audience places are free and issued on a first come first served basis.

Apply to be in the Audience – Friday 15th June 8pm

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