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Made for life

19 November 2019

#the-algae-opera

Just what can the castrati tradition reveal about the algae opera singer? Meet the protagonist of The Algae Opera, Evalga… When I was 12, mum and dad bought me a hard-backed shiny book about classical music.  I think it had a picture of James Galway …

The alternative entrance to Narnia

18 November 2019

#performancepractice, the-algae-opera

The six steps to creating an operatic character. The Algae Opera is a micro-opera that required the creation of a character living in a future world.  Rather than rocking up to the rehearsal to scour the score for clues, we built the future state and c …

Sitting next to the future

18 November 2019

#the-algae-opera

How can an opera singer become the producer of a future food? Explore, The Algae Opera, where song is a tasty experience. Carmen clicked her castanets to seduce. Dido drank a vile of poison to nobly end her life. Charlotte kept letters to remind her of …

The Algae Opera: Live performance at RA Lates: Deep Earth, Saturday 23 November 2019, 19:00 – 23:00

13 November 2019

#news, the-algae-opera

Part of the Antony Gormley event programme, this epic RA Lates invites you to experience nature reinterpreted through earthly intervention, performances and soundscapes across the RA’s two-acre campus. BurtonNitta’s The Algae Opera will be performed in …

Without genre

19 September 2019

#new-organs-of-creation, performancepractice

BurtonNitta’s ‘New Organs of Creation’ was first presented at The Science Gallery’s 2019 exhibition, ‘Spare Parts.’ in London. The performance aspect of the project received its world premiere on the 8 May 2019 in the Science Gallery Theatre. Read on t …

Poetry Recital: Heritage on 12 October 2019 at 15:00

7 September 2019

#news

How beautiful the London air, how calm and unalarming. Oh come and take a stroll with me and do not fear to stumble.” John Betjeman Come join us for an afternoon of poetry at Bow Church to celebrate their 700th anniversary and to dwell in stanzas for a …

Embracing other

8 August 2019

#pointofview

Other | adjective  (oth·​er | ˈə-t͟hər  ) Disturbingly or threateningly different  Today, I was publicly referred to as ‘other’. It’s not new. But on this happening, the sting was sharp. An old wound opened up… At that moment, I find that I am falling …

Upon Embankment Bridge

28 June 2019

#whimsy

“And all that mighty heart is lying still!” Wordsworth It was burning in her pocket as she climbed the steps of Embankment Bridge. At each step, it was getting hotter. Reaching the top of the bridge, she caught sight of St Paul’s bleeding against the d …

Radio 4: Tongue & Talk on 9 June at 16:30 and 15 June at 23:30

6 June 2019

#news

Tongue and Talk: Episode 2 – Isle of Man Explore the voices of Manx dialect and language speakers, whose words are influenced by the Celts and the Norsemen. Actor and writer, Catherine Harvey, returns to her Manx roots to share the work of T E Brown, w …

Feeling Good

20 May 2019

#whimsy

Nina Simone pops up in the most surprising of places. This morning she was the voice of Muller yoghurt during the ad breaks of the Jeremy Kyle show. This afternoon she is the voice of salvation as Jack Dickinson’s coffin is carried down the aisle of St …