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World Premiere of The Infinite Bridge: a new multimedia symphony.     

World Premiere of The Infinite Bridge: a new multimedia symphony.

In the spirit of the Great Exhibition of 1851, nearly one hundred young artists are taking part in an extraordinary international creative collaboration at the Royal College of Music: The Infinite Bridge.

Composers, musicians, actors, dancers and digital artists are experimenting with interactive and reactive creative technologies in a ground-breaking show that also features live-streamed dance and music performances from Handmade Dance in Barcelona and The Sibelius Institute in Helsinki.

Michael Ladouceur, an MA student at RCM, who is co-Executive Producer and one of three young Composers on the show, said, ‘These technologies have allowed us to create a unique performance environment, changing not only the way we write music, but also the way it is perceived. Along with my fellow music collaborators, RCM MA student composers, Mari Sainio and Sam Jones, I can say we’re immensely excited to be creating a new kind of artwork for the 21st century.’

Aurélien Krieger, co-Executive Producer and Visual Design Director, said ‘The Infinite Bridge is a theatre piece of a new kind, in which live performance, stagecraft and digital design truly merge into a hybrid form of story-telling. Our team of digital artists and creative technologists, Hanoh Szpira, Lior ben Gai and Simon Haenggi are creating stunning new work and I believe our audience will be deeply inspired and moved on May 5th. The same way we have all been changed as creative and professional individuals over the year of creation and production.’

Essi Kiiski, RCM Student and Orchestra Leader, was the third creative team member to help come up with the original idea, early in 2014 after which they began work putting their team together to help them deliver their hugely ambitious vision. Essi said, ‘It is unique for us to be able to collaborate without borders. And working with such highly regarded and experienced collaborators as our choreographer, Kristine Sommerlade, is a great new experience for us. This is a great challenge, but that’s what we’re here for. ’ Kristine said, ‘It is exciting to be challenged and to listen to new ideas. I’m very interested in exploring the new, what is the future?’

In the autumn of 2014 the team brought in Writer Director, Peter Cox MBE who said, ‘This is a truly inspiring project. To work so closely with our exceptional collaborators and the next generation of artists on such an inventive and innovative show is, at times, quite simply breath-taking. In a time of austerity, investment in the arts is the first casualty, but these young people have such immense talent and commitment that we, as a society, must find ways to liberate and celebrate their potential. The Infinite Bridge is a beautiful and powerful story for our times and is the most exciting and challenging project I have undertaken in my long career in theatre and television.’

Peter wrote the story for The Infinite Bridge following a unique research period where the team used their social networks to get friends from many countries to share their dreams and nightmares. The resulting story centres around Talia, a girl made anxious and isolated by the modern world who finds release and fulfilment in her dreams.

This World Premiere showcase performance takes place in the Britten Theatre at the Royal College of Music on May 5th at 7.30pm.

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