20:00-21:00, Wednesday 29th July 2020 and Friday 31st July 2020
Music: Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Words: Lisa Luxx
“…we woke up at 4:30 and the world was red.”
—Eyewitness statement of the Lebanon wildfires, 2019
Areas of our world which were once lush, green lands now crumble—starved, burned and barren. With CO2 emissions reaching new highs, sea levels rising at catastrophic rates and another El Niño event manifesting in late 2020, it is clear that we must make real collective change or face devastating consequences.
Featuring acclaimed ensemble Hermes Experiment x poet Lisa Luxx, SKIN brings together opera, dance, film and poetry; a powerful new performance investigating climate crisis, the impact of environmental change on human displacement, migration and our attitudes towards otherness, media and consumerism.
Age range: 13 upwards
Produced by Jasmin Kent Rodgman & Gaëlle Mourre
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Music: Jasmin Kent Rodgman
Words: Lisa Luxx
Director; Gaëlle Mourre
Ensemble: The Hermes Experiment
British-Malaysian Artist & Composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman brings together the contemporary
classical, electronics and sound art worlds to create powerful soundscapes and musical
identities. A collaborator across various art forms including dance, word, film and VR, her music
often explores otherness, memory and plays with a sense of narrative.
A driving force behind where and how her work is experienced, Jasmin creates bold
new platforms for her music including visual artwork, site-specific installations
and multidisciplinary festival productions. As Artist & Producer, she often experiments with unique
set-ups such as audiowalks, interactive installations, underground nights, moving image, 360° film
Activism also has an important place within her music. An advocate of gender and racial equality,
her wider creative work includes delivering mentorship programmes for young artists, speaking at
industry forums and events, and activism projects that seek to empower both community and
Lisa Luxx is a poet, recording artist, essayist and activist of British-Syrian heritage. Winner of the
2018 Outspoken Prize for Performance Poetry, she was also shortlisted for Peace Poetry Prize
and Saboteur Awards Best Spoken Word Performer. She’s a regular feature at major literary and
arts events across the UK including performances at Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival and for UN
Women’s #HeForShe campaign. She was also a nominee for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in
Luxx’s poems and opinions have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, VICE TV, TEDx, ITV and she’s
heralded as one of the UK’s top four queer poets by Diva magazine. Her poetry and essays have
been published in magazines, anthologies and newspapers internationally, by the likes of: i-D, Tate
Britain, The ICA, New River Press, The International Times, Dazed & Confused, Tribe de Mama
(US), Sukoon (Lebanon), The Numinous (US), Verve Poetry Press, Wasafiri, and Sage Press
Gaëlle Mourre is a Franco-British writer, director and producer based in London. Having lived in Asia, the
US and Europe, she likes to bring her cultural experiences into the worlds she creates in her films.
As a writer, director, Gaëlle is a Sundance, SXSW, Venice Production Bridge, Story Futures
Academy and LSFF alum. She is currently working as a Story Developer as well as developing
spec TV and feature scripts. Gaëlle is also a 2019-2020 Directors UK Inspire Mentee.
Gaëlle has produced award winning short films as well as branded content for companies such as
Eurostar, Mandarin Oriental and British Airways.
She trained as a writer at the NFTS and as writer, director at the London Film School, from which
she holds an MA in Filmmaking. She also holds a BA in Art History and Spanish Literature from
Bilingual in French and English, Gaëlle works in both languages and is always up for a new
challenge, travelling internationally for her projects.
The Hermes Experiment is a contemporary quartet made up of harp, clarinet, voice and double
bass. Capitalising on their deliberately idiosyncratic combination of instruments, the ensemble
regularly commissions new works, as well as creating their own innovative arrangements and venturing into live free improvisation. To date, the ensemble has commissioned over 60
composers at various stages of their careers. Their debut album, Here We Are, will be released in
July 2020 on Delphian records.
They are winners of the Royal Over-Seas League Mixed Ensemble Competition 2019, Making
Music Selected Artists 2019/20, Park Lane Group Young Artists 2015/16 and were shortlisted in
the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2019. Recent highlights include performances at Wigmore
Hall, BBC Radio 3 Open Ear at LSO St Luke’s, Tallinn Music Week, St Petersburg’s Sound Ways
Festival, Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Spitalfields Festival.