So Percussion: From Out a Darker Sea - Blackburn
Enjoy an immersive audio-visual performance from Brooklyn-based contemporary percussion group Sō Percussion.
For two centuries, the coal industry formed the backbone of many towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, narrative, photography, film and an original musical soundscape performed live, From Out a Darker Sea sees Sō Percussion – known for their innovative and original productions – capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline.
Born out of a collaboration between the quartet and Amber Films, From Out a Darker Sea is inspired by the reinvention of East Durham after the crushing loss of its mining industry. Combining live performance with community education programmes, Sō Percussion are bringing From Out a Darker Sea to sacred spaces in former coal mining areas, from Derby to Deal, this autumn.
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Image: Sō Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at St John’s Church, Seaham, 2016. Photo © Rich Kenworthy
From Out a Darker Sea is presented at Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn in partnership with the Bureau Centre for Arts and Mid Pennine Arts, co-produced by the Sacred Spaces Network Project, produced by Forma and supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme and the Foyle Foundation.