19:00-19:45, Wednesday 16th September 2020
Music: Gareth Churchill
Words: Hafsah Aneela Bashir
A sacred space of encounter where we meet. Our breath a bridge between us, time suspended, here our stories rise and fall. Here where everything is a mirror, we wait.
An artist shares the stage with singers and instrumentalists, responding to sound with brushstrokes on canvas. Deaf and hearing audiences meet in the space between breaths, a workshop presentation of the opening section of this new opera followed by audience Q&A to explore formidAbility’s creative approach to accessibility.
A stillness. The birth of new ways to be, divine poetry in the swirl of our mouths, a light so bright, we hold our breath here even if it hurts to breathe, even if staying alive is a feat, here, where being human is a miracle, our breath – the bridge between us is no longer yours or mine.
At once, as One.
All ages (mostly adults)
Produced by formidAbility
Venue: hopefully* The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH.
*Read more here.
The Bridge Between Breaths by Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Act I – It’s 1795. Pero, an enslaved black man is stood peering out of the attic window of 7 Great George Street, Bristol, overlooking the Bristol harbour. He is drinking, lamenting about his beloved from the Caribbean island of Nevis.
Offstage, a spirit:
Inhale. Breathe free
Between the chest bone
And the heart,
Our breath, a bridge
From where we rise and fall,
Can you hear my call?
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Hopefully on the same day:
Director: Toria Banks
Composer: Gareth Churchill
Librettist: Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Soprano: Joanne Roughton-Arnold