Opera North: Beyond Borders
Flit: Martin Green’s New Production Combining Live Music and Animation.
First hand stories of migration have inspired the darkly atmospheric songs which sit at the heart of Flit, a new performance work by Martin Green.
Alongside ten years as a member of Lau, Martin has been developing as a creator of multi-artform productions. In 2012 Opera North commissioned Crows’ Bones, a ghostly song-cycle integrating theatrical elements, which was acclaimed by both critics and audiences. Flit represents the next stage in Martin’s growth. Collaborating with BAFTA-winning animators White Robot (Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson) and designers Davy & Kristin McGuire, this ambitiously staged production, with thanks to the PRS Foundation and Beyond Borders, will use projection design to integrate animated film with the band on stage.
During research and development supported by Creative Scotland, Martin collected stories of social migration from the people around him. Some are heart-warming, life-affirming tales, others are tragic and heart-breaking, but all have an over-arching humanity. The work draws on the rich seam of experiences in these stories to reflect in an emotionally varied and thought-provoking way on this universal and currently significant topic.
The production, and the album which will also be produced, features an array of world-class musical collaborators: songwriters Karine Polwart, Anaïs Mitchell, Sandy Wright and Aidan Moffat; musicians Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Dominic Aitchison (Mogwai); and singers Becky Unthank, John Smith and Adam Holmes.
Flit has been co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre and Sage Gateshead, and is produced by Lepus Productions with co-production support from Opera North. The album release in summer 2016 will be followed by national touring.