Saturday 19 March, 2016 - Sunday 20 March, 2016
1:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Internationally renowned local artist Ansuman Biswas has performed with Bjork, spent 10 days in a black box with only water, and created a musical in a high security prison. This March he stays home in Stoke Newington and invites us all to take part in a collective live art experience. You are all, whatever age or ability, welcome to join in singing together, as part of a fun and freestyle 24 hour drop in community performance. Ansuman will be leading three free workshops, to explain more about the thinking behind the project, and to get us playing together with our voices.
‘Kite’ will be a 24 hour collaborative effort. We will join our breaths together to keep a sound continuously aloft on the breeze. Anyone is welcome – any age, any faith, any level of experience – to lend their voice to the fabric of the collective and be lifted up by the wind that passes through Stoke Newington. Together we will create melodies that swoop and hang in the buoyant atmosphere, the strings of an Aeolian harp tethering us to the old church as we dance in the sky.
KITE takes place over 24 hours between 1pm 19th March – 1pm 20th March.
Ansuman will be leading workshops for all ages and abilities to give you a chance to have a go and explore how your breath and your voice could be a part of KITE.
Saturday 5th March 5pm-7pm – we encourage all ages to come to this workshop, children are very welcome
Tuesday 8th March 6.30pm-8.30pm – this workshop is particularly suitable for more experienced singers
Tuesday 15th March 6.30pm-8.30pm
Ansuman Biswas is interested in traversing, transposing and translating across many different kinds of border.
Over the last few years his work has included directing Shakespeare in America, translating Tagore’s poetry from the Bengali, designing underwater sculptures in the Red Sea, living with wandering minstrels in India, being employed as an ornamental hermit in the English countryside, touring with Björk, spending two days blindfolded in an unknown place, travelling with shamans in the Gobi Desert, playing with Oasis, collaborating with neuroscientists in Arizona, co-ordinating grassroots activists in Soweto, being sealed in a box for ten days with no food or light, making a musical in a maximum security prison, re-designing Maidstone High Street, being a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, running seminars on democracy for monks in a Burmese monastery, being confined to a gothic tower for forty days and forty nights, and even flying on a real magic carpet in Star City, Moscow.