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From Out a Darker Sea

"A haunting and often deeply moving requiem for an industry and its people" – The Guardian ★★★★

For two centuries, the coal industry formed the backbone of many towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, narrative, photography, film and an original musical soundscape performed live, Sō Percussion capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline in From Out a Darker Sea. From Out a Darker Sea is not about coal, but like everything in areas rooted in industrial, there are always traces of it presence.

Commissioned by East Durham Creates as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, this immersive audio-visual performance is inspired by the context and history of East Durham, an area which has struggled to reinvent itself after the crushing loss of its mining industry. Sō Percussion collaborated with film and photography collective Amber Films on the creation of a new work, Song for Billy, which was developed from Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s photographic series The Coal Coast and features as part of the performance. From Out a Darker Sea premiered at St John’s Church, Seaham in August 2016 and tours former coal mining areas, from Derby to Deal, this year.


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From Out a Darker Sea

So Percussion

"A haunting and often deeply moving requiem for an industry and its people" – The Guardian ★★★★

For two centuries, the coal industry formed the backbone of many towns and cities across England. Entire communities sprang into existence as fervent mining activity fuelled the industrial revolution. Integrating art, narrative, photography, film and an original musical soundscape performed live, Sō Percussion capture the environment, personal stories, and aspirations of a community fighting against industrial decline in From Out a Darker Sea. From Out a Darker Sea is not about coal, but like everything in areas rooted in industrial, there are always traces of it presence.

Commissioned by East Durham Creates as part of Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme, this immersive audio-visual performance is inspired by the context and history of East Durham, an area which has struggled to reinvent itself after the crushing loss of its mining industry. Sō Percussion collaborated with film and photography collective Amber Films on the creation of a new work, Song for Billy, which was developed from Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s photographic series The Coal Coast and features as part of the performance. From Out a Darker Sea premiered at St John’s Church, Seaham in August 2016 and tours former coal mining areas, from Derby to Deal, this year.

Dates

  • 22 November 2017

    Derby Cathedral, Derby
    Presented by QUAD
    Support from Unite the Union

  • 24 and 25 November 2017

    St Giles Cripplegate, London
    Presented by the Barbican Centre

  • 27 November 2017

    St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle

  • 28 November 2017

    In conversation with Amber Films
    The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Newcastle

  • 30 November 2017

    The Bureau Centre for the Arts, Blackburn
    Presented by the Bureau Centre for the Arts and Mid Pennine Arts

  • 2 December 2017

    St George’s Church, Deal, Kent
    Presented by Deal Festival of Music & the Arts

  • 5 December 2017

    All Souls Church, Cheriton, Kent
    Presented by Strange Cargo

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So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at Derby Cathedral, Derby, 22 November 2017. Photo: Charlotte Jopling

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So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at Derby Cathedral, Derby, 22 November 2017. Photo: Charlotte Jopling

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So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle, 27 November 2017. Photo: Mark Pinder

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So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle, 27 November 2017. Photo: Mark Pinder

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So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle, 27 November 2017. Photo: Mark Pinder

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Sō Percussion is a four-piece ensemble based in Brooklyn, New York, who have gained international recognition for their original compositions, percussion performances and education projects. Sō Percussion creates and presents new collaborative works to adventurous and curious audiences and educational initiatives to students, while providing meaningful service to its communities in order to exemplify the power of music to unite people and forge deep social connections.

Amber Films was formed as a film and photography collective in 1968 and their work has focused on documenting working class and marginalised lives and landscapes in North East England. In 1977, Amber opened Side Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is committed to celebrating the best in the wider tradition of humanist photography and houses the AmberSide Collection, an archive of the work Amber produces, supports and collects.

From Out a Darker Sea is commissioned by East Durham Creates and produced by Forma. The concert tour is co-produced by the Sacred Spaces Network Project and supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Programme, The Foyle Foundation, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. Additional support from Unite the Union

The Sacred Spaces Network Project is All Souls Church, Cheriton; Barbican, London; Bureau Centre for Arts, Blackburn; the Churches Conservation Trust; Deal Festival of Music & the Arts; Derby Cathedral; QUAD, Derby; Holy Trinity Church, Blackburn; the Kent Mining Museum; Mid Pennine Arts, Burnley; the National Coal Mining Museum of England; St George’s Church, Deal; St Giles Cripplegate, London and Strange Cargo, Folkestone.

Background image: So Percussion performing From Out a Darker Sea at St John the Baptist Church, Newcastle, 27 November 2017. Photo: Mark Pinder