Syndrome 2.3: Caroline Bergvall – Drift // 7th OCT

Read a review of this event on Get into This http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2014/11/syndrome-2-3-drift-caroline-bergvall-sets-her-audience-adrift-in-the-endless-sea-of-space-and-time/

Describing an event such as this can of course do it little justice, to truly gain a measure one must be there to experience it. …, there is no denying the remarkably immersive and ingenious nature of the performance. Whilst Drift’s run is now over,Syndrome has many more events yet to come  – all of which are well worth taking the time to lose yourself to.

 

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Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where the ancient cohabits with the present.

Internationally renowned writer and performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with the Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, Swiss visual artist and programmer Thomas Köppel and Swiss dramaturge Michel Pralong for this unique and extraordinary performance concert. Using live voice, live percussion and 3D text treatments, they create a dense, moveable and abstract universe of drifting, shifting, sounding language mass. An intensely hypnotic work.

Drift invents a language of connections and of extremes: from Anglo-Saxon and ancient Nordic seafaring literature to rare pop songs to human rights reports of contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. A complex and haunting meditation on sea travel, exile and history. A contemporary elegy.

Inspired by the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem The Seafarer, Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.last.gru by Grü/Transtheatre, Geneva. It recently opened Shorelines Festival of the Sea, Southend-on-Sea, to great acclaim.

Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering world.
– The Guardian

This is a truly international show and the premiere of DRIFT in the UK – make sure you can say that you were there!
– Rachel Lichtenstein, writer and curator of Shorelines