A NEW piece of work by four Huddersfield University students is to be performed at London’s South Bank Centre.
Music, performance and text will be fused in a 20-minute piece staged for the London Literature Festival.
The piece is an interdisciplinary collaboration between students of drama, music and English. It was first presented in Huddersfield Literature Festival earlier this year with the support of Lecturers, Emma Cunliffe (Music), Rommi Smith (English) and John Britton (Drama).
The work then went on to be further developed as an Independent Project on the new MA: Ensemble Physical Theatre: Training and Performance on which one of those involved, graduate Eilon Morris has been studying.
The piece was commissioned ’ as part of the 200 year anniversary of Abolition of the Slave Trade, to explore what it is to be free.
The title ‘Rhein’ comes from the Greek verb meaning ‘to flow’.
The resulting work is an intimate exploration of the complex relationships between freedom and captivity, told through the poetic mediums of story telling, music, and dance.
Rhein draws on the musical traditions of South India, Africa, Cuba, and Eastern Europe.
Graduates Eilon Morris, Camilo Tirado, David Lawton and undergraduate Penny Cunningham are involved in the London staging on July 19.
Musician Camilo is an emerging artist-in-residence at the South Bank Centre.