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On Friday 11th March 2011, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded took place 18 miles from the Oshika Peninsula of Japan triggering a massive tsunami that killed over ten thousand people. Visual artist Clara Casian and composer Robin Richards travelled to the village of Otsuchi in remote North-East Japan to observe the experiences of local residents seeking to rebuild their lives and tend to the memories of those they have lost.
The Earth Asleep addresses the ways in which our exposure to extreme live-trauma in the form of rolling news and citizen reportage has resulted in an inability to process grief at a manageable, human scale. Film, poetry and live music intertwine to conjure a pathway by which the human soul might navigate unseen astral dimensions. As the earth sleeps, past and present merge in this live rhythmic montage.
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.
This screening and live score will take place in Theatre 1.
Directed by Clara Casian
Original music composed by Robin Richards
Produced by Bren O’Callaghan
Bass Guitar, Synthesiser – Robin Richards
Drums, Xylophone, Bells – Darren Gallacher
Cello – Margit van der Zwan
Piano – Chris Illingworth
A HOME Artist Film co-commission supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.