Having presented live music performances for many years, sounduk wanted to start creating work with contemporary music thoroughly integrated into the performance. The idea for a miniature musical circus took seed a couple of years ago, and bided its time, waiting for the right moment and the right people. Supported by Arts Council England, this is the first try out of the idea following a week of work shopping with the creative team. If it works, we very much hope it can develop into a full piece.
A dark adventure into an alternative world. Carried along by powerfully seductive melodies from Russia and Romania, The Others draws you into the world of the outsiders, where reality and dreams meet.
A miniature musical circus featuring: Alex Harvey, Charlotte Mooney & Tina Koch (rope), Evelina Petrova (accordion) and Alexander Balanescu (violin)
Director: Daniel Kramer
The Others is produced by sounduk
Alex Harvey, Charotte Mooney and Tina Koch met in 2004 while training at Circomedia – the academy of circus arts and physical theatre in Bristol. Since then they have been making work combining aerial and visual theatre. They have performed at, among others, the London International Mime Festival, The Royal Opera House Festival of Firsts, the Festival of New Circus in Helsinki and Manchester International Festival.
Evelina Petrova: Russian accordionist Evelina Petrova finished the Saint-Petersburg Musical College in 1994 and after that entered the Theater Academy, taking Vyacheslav Gayvoronsky’s course “The Theater of Musical Improvisation”. She has worked with some of Russia’s leading improvisers, winning the prize for ‘Original Music’ at the Astor Piazolla prize in Italy 1998. She made her first UK tour in 2005 as part of the Contemporary Music Network’s Unorthodox Voices.
Alexander Balanescu: Romanian violinist Alexander Balanescu has been based in the UK for many years. He is one of the country’s leading contemporary violinists, – leading the Michael Nyman Ensemble for over 15 years and the Balanescu Quartet which he founded 20 years ago – and also composer, collaborating with amongst others dancers Pina Bausch, Merryl Tankard and in theatre productions with Theatre de la Place, Liege and Belgrade State Theatre.
Daniel Kramer: American Theatre and Opera Director has directed the following productions to great critical acclaim: Punch & Judy (ENO & Young Vic), Hamlet (TR Warsawza, Poland), Angles in America (Lyric Hammersmith, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Headlong National Tour); Woyzeck (St Anne’s Warehouse, NYC); Bent (Trafalgar Studios West End); Hair, Woyzeck (Gate Theatre, Notting Hill); Through the Leaves (Duchess Theatre West End, Southwark Playhouse); Romeo and Juliet (St George’s Theatre London, Al Bustan Festival, Lebanon); The Crucifixion, a York Mystery Play (Blue Heron Theatre, NYC); Blood on the Cat’s Neck, The Quiet Game.His future commitments include: Manchester International Festival; National Theatre of Scotland; English National Opera; and a commission from the Royal Court