Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses.
Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Köppel and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports into contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. The 3D treatment of the texts by Köppel transforms the narrative into a dense, abstract canvas of drifting language mass, enhancing the hypnotic quality of the work. It also acts as a reminder of the endless changes undergone by the English language in its many histories.
Inspired by the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem The Seafarer, Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.las.gru by Gru/Transtheatre, Geneva.
Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering world
3 MAY BURY TEXT FESTIVAL
17 JUL LONDON SOUTHBANK CENTRE
2 OCT MK GALLERY, MILTON GALLERY
3 OCT BOURNEMOUTH ARTS FESTIVAL
4 OCT THE SAGE GATESHEAD
6 OCT LONDON THE FORGE CAMDEN
7 OCT LIVERPOOL SYNDROME
Voice, texts, concept: Caroline Bergvall
Live & treated percussion: Ingar Zach
Visual treatment & programming: Thomas Köppel
Dramaturgy: Michèle Pralong
Produced with Sound & Music
Supported by the Norwegian Embassy, London and by Music Norway