Underground opera from Gestalt Arts in Peckham

Visual artist duo, Studio Boo create new artworks for Gestalt Arts new show at Peckham Asylum

Tonight is the last chance to see the experimental opera collective Gestalt Arts at Peckham’s abandoned asylum.

Gestalt is premièring a trio of contemporary mini operas by three of London’s most critically acclaimed young composers.

Clive And Other Stories brings together a unique team of artists, directors, architects and interactive videographers for a showcase of three short, powerful, and very different operas.

The production also features two new string quartets by multi-award winning crossover composer Toby Young, inspired by his work on the critically acclaimed album Brand New Machine from Chase and Status.

The show features some of the UK’s most exciting operatic talents and combines classic operatic style with a modern theme.

The performance takes place at 7.30pm in The Asylum Chapel, Peckham, a hidden gem that is quickly becoming one of London’s hottest locations.

Performances include:

Clive Locked Up – mollycoddled by his nurse, bullied by his sister. Clive’s life is enough to make him sick. Will he manage to get things in order, or will he be pushed over the edge? – Music by Ben Ashby; Text by, Matthew Lee Knowles

The Leap in The Dark At The Dawn of Space And Time – Q sets out on the quest to put his mark on the world, creating the first symbol that ever lived. Based on Calvino’s A Sign in Space – Music, Nick Morrish Rarity; Text, Arthur Sawbridge

Adrift – A man and a woman are lost in a sea so dark, it feels as though it has a personality of its own. Follow their journey of anticipation and loss as they end their lives in the deep. Music, Ed Scolding; Text, Shaun Gardiner

The performance is brought together with revolutionary visual and conceptual artists Jamie Griffiths, Annalisa Terranova, Eleonora Nicoletti Studio BOO featuring a blend of video art, installations and multidisciplinary design to offer a unique take on the format.

Stage director Ruth Mariner says: “Our aim is to provide an experience at the cutting edge of performance arts, presenting the world of contemporary opera with a new dimension via the medium of visual art.

“Each artist forms a unique role within the production; their individual style allowed to shine through, while their collaboration transforms the space into a strange, touching and beautiful new world.

“We’ve searched right across the spectrum to bring together the best young composers, performers, conductors, directors and visual artists, and hope to make audiences incredibly excited by the result.”

For tickets go to gestaltclive.ticketsource.co.uk

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