‘Photo by Tony O’Brien. Production still from Hilary Powell’s ‘Ring Cycle.’
Ring Cycle is an audio visual symphony that transposes Wagner’s epic cast of gods and mortals into a contemporary Thameside landscape. From river maidens on concrete barges to exiled gods and flaming shopping trolleys, this allegory of industrial capitalism takes place on the fringes of London just inside its own ring of the M25.
This film with performed live score in collaboration with the Cabinet of Living Cinema reveals Purfleet as a place where the toxic and angelic combine in a twenty-first century version of the sublime. A mobile foley studio of found objects, played by local sound artists and accompanied by the voices of the Royal Opera House community chorus, sound the whoosh of wind turbines and the call of birds, bringing the film to vivid life.
Hilary Powell is the recipient of the Stephen Cripp’s Studio Award, a major creative development opportunity based at High House Production Park. Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation, High House Production Park Ltd and Stephen Cripp’s family it forms part of Acme’s Residency and Awards Programme. The project is supported by Arts Council England.
Launch screening of 20 minute film with live soundtrack.
6.30pm Friday 14th July 2017. High House Production Park, Purfleet, RM19 1RJ
The screening with be the pre-performance to the Big Screen relay of the opera Turandot organised by Royal Opera House Thurrock and the Backstage Centre.
Opportunities to visit the studio and see the work in production every Wednesday evening 7-9.30pm from Wednesday June 7th 2017.