Katharine Piercey’s professional output

Freedom, Bread & Peace

Performance – Published 12th Sep 15

I directed a multi-media performance of a new score written by Karen Wimhurst. It was commissioned by Soundstorm and the AUB for the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, and performed at the Shelley Theatre, Boscombe:

Timed to mark the 70th anniversary of the division of Europe at the end of the Second World War, this multi–media performance explores the rise and fall of communism – the glorious ideal co-opted by brutal dictatorship and savage repression. Original artwork and projections inspired by the times are combined with musical forces to provide a unique, leftfield historical narrative.

Devised by acclaimed composer Karen Wimhurst, the piece brings together a dazzling group of international soloists alongside a diverse range of musicians and singers from across Dorset and Wiltshire; and acting and costume students from the Arts University Bournemouth. Wild romany music from Eastern Europe, Russian military marches and rock music from the Plastic People of the Universe are a few of the sources which make up this fascinating, avant-garde contemporary score.

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