BBC Concert Orchestra, world-renown choral ensemble The Sixteen and award-winning theatre company 1927 join Streetwise Opera for an uplifting musical experience that demonstrates how opera can help us build a more inclusive society.
We’ll meet water spirits and magical bees from Manchester; we’ll travel to a future where robots have replaced humans, and where culture (from a cup of mushy peas to the genius of the Kanneh-Mason family) is preserved in the Museum of Nottingham Life; and things will definitely heat up when environmental protesters surround a double-decker bus in London!
This event is part of Re:sound, a year-long festival that encourages artists and audiences to rediscover the cities they live in, through the eyes – and voices – of people who have been homeless.
Participants in Streetwise Opera’s workshops will share nine micro-operas that have been co-created by people with lived experience of homelessness working with world-class composers in London, Manchester and Nottingham.
The Re:sound micro-operas are imbued with fearlessness – the courage it takes to claim back your voice and your identity after experiencing trauma, the determination to explore and celebrate the spirit of a city that made you feel unwelcome, and the certainty that the voices of those who have been homeless deserve to be listened to.
Yet, there is lots of humour in these pieces, and a willingness to explore themes that make us feel proud of the cities we live in.
Resounding on stage
This event brings together over 70 participants in Streetwise Opera workshops in London, Manchester and Nottingham – the biggest arts and homelessness performance since the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.
The performance features an animated backdrop produced by 1927 with artwork co-created during workshops with Streetwise Opera participants led by visual artist Amber Cooper-Davies.
Bernstein: Times Square 1944 from 3 Dance episodes from On the Town
Copland: Night Thoughts from Music for a Great City
Errollyn Wallen: Mighty River
Re:sound: 9 micro-operas co-created by composers Electra Perivolaris, Ben See, Kemal Yusuf, Alison Willis, Tim Lole, Elizabeth Kelly, Nicholas Lewis, Emily Levy and Michael Betteridge, working with over 150 people with lived experience of homelessness
Re:sound has been possible thanks to generous funding from Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, other trusts and foundations, and individual funders.
This performance was generously funded by Cockayne Grants for the Arts through The London Community Foundation.