Composer: Valgeir Sigurðsson
Writer: Pamela Carter
Musical Director: Jonathan Morton
Director: Stewart Laing (Untitled Projects)
Plus vocalists to be announced
We Are In Time is a striking new theatrical production by Stewart Laing – founder and Artistic Director of Untitled Projects, and one of Scotland’s most forward- thinking theatre-makers – and pioneering string orchestra Scottish Ensemble. Through song, music and words, we are told the extraordinary story of a transplanted heart, written by Pamela Carter. Through the voices of both giver and receiver, the journey of the heart from one life to another is teased open, inviting the audience into a strange, intense world of complex emotion and unexpected metaphor.
The production will feature a bespoke new score by highly lauded Icelandic composer/producer Valgeir Sigurðsson.
Creating music that swoops beneath the surface of our expectations, Sigurðsson melds contemporary classical and enigmatic electronica to create new soundworlds that are at once minimal and complex, beautiful and absorbing. Performing alongside two solo singers, SE musicians become a living, breathing element of the on-stage world; at once soundtrack, chorus and curious witnesses to the unfolding drama.
Valgeir Sigurðsson is a musical polymath of enviable acclaim. His list of collaborators as composer, producer and engineer is enviable in its name-dropping variety: Björk and Feist on one hand; Hilary Hahn, Nico Muhly and City of London Sinfonia on another, all approached with genre-fluidity and polished creativity. His own music is another thing altogether.
Currently Associate Director with National Theatre of Scotland, Stewart Laing’s celebrated reputation is entangled with Untitled Projects, the company he formed to create one-off, adventurous, truly genre-defying events. His work pushes at the future, probes the social obsessions of the present, and reframes cultural history; it also provokes on an intellectual level, and entertains on a human one.
Pamela Carter is a writer and dramaturgist creating ideas-driven, conceptual pieces that straddle a world of theatre, visual art and performance art. In her regular encounters with Laing’s Untitled Projects - including The Salon Project, Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner and Slope - her writing sparks with ideas and the obvious alchemy of their collaborative working.
Scottish Ensemble (SE) is a collective of outstanding musicians, championing music for strings across Scotland, the UK and the world. Celebrating 50 years, across its 2019/20 Anniversary Season SE presents thought-provoking programmes and events that cross genres, styles, musical periods and art forms to shed new light on classical music - and the many ways it can be shared.