WAA are proud to announce our partnership in this brand new, ambitious project of Arts Council England‘s Reimagine India fund.
Marking 2017 as the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, artistic laboratory Metal – in partnership with Warp Records, Barbican Centre, and Boiler Room, plus Indian partners Wild City and What About Art? – will present Different Trains 1947.
Different Trains 1947 will be a collaboration between music artists Actress, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Indian music producer Sandunes, and filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who will perform a new audiovisual composition in response to the events of 1947.
Though the performances will comprise entirely new work, as a primary source of inspiration the composers have considered the conceptual and formal framework of Different Trains (1988) by the genre-defining minimalist composer Steve Reich.
Archival film footage from the period will weave through the performances, along with audio interviews – collected in both India and the UK – from those who lived through this dynamic period of history, as a means of distilling the larger story of Indian independence.
This past February, WAA Residency had the pleasure of hosting and facilitating music artists Actress and Jack Barnett and the Boiler Room team on their initial field research trip to Mumbai. The artists met with various musicians, ranging from traditional schools of Indian classical music to more contemporary Indian music producers and experienced first hand the hustle and bustle of the city through the Mumbai Local (Mumbai’s railway system).
Different Trains 1947 will be premiered in Liverpool as an open air concert at Metal, Edge Hill railway station – the oldest active passenger railway station in the world – on 28th September 2017.
The piece will then be presented at Barbican Hall London (1st October 2017) and Magnetic Fields Festival, within the grounds of a 17th Century palace on the edge of the desert in Rajasthan, India (December 2017), creating a truly epic international showcase for this new commission, with Boiler Room streaming one of the events as a live global broadcast.
Different Trains 1947 is a core project of Arts Council England‘s Reimagine India fund, with British Council as Digital Partner, plus additional support from Northern Rail and Film Hub North West Central – proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.