The Earth Asleep is a live music and original film presentation that responds in part to the tragedy of the 2011 Japanese tsunami and Fukushima disaster, expanding to become a means of exploring our collective and personal response to death in the face of escalating global tragedies.
The project is a collaboration between visual artist Clara Casian and composer Robin Richards, and forms a companion work to their earlier live music and film pairing, Birdsong – Stories from Pripyat (2016), which weaved personal and scientific narratives filmed within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, premiering at HOME in 2016.
For this new commission, the pair travelled to the village of Otsuchi in remote North-East Japan, to observe and record the stories of residents rebuilding lives and tending memories, in the town where 10% of the residents lost their lives.
Underpinned by scientific research, archival sources, original footage and new composition, The Earth Asleep addresses a moment in which our exposure to extreme live-trauma in the form of rolling news and citizen reportage from war zones, terrorist attacks and natural disasters results in an inability to process grief at a manageable, human scale.
This screening will take place in Theatre 1.
Directed by Clara Casian
Original music composed by Robin Richards
Produced by Bren O’Callaghan
A HOME Artist Film co-commission supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.