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My Secret Heart marzo 17, 2010

Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.
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My Secret Heart is a new commission by Streetwise Opera (www.streetwiseopera.org) of a music and film installation written by electronic composer and Warp artist Mira Calix, video artists Flat-e and sound designer Dave Sheppard. They worked with around 100 Streetwise performers from across the UK to create a unique work that is being shown around the world.

The new piece is inspired by the Allegri’s 17th-century choral work Miserere Mei, a piece so protected by the Vatican that they put an embargo on it. Mira Calix and Flat-e have used the theme of secrecy to explore movements and singing with Streetwise’s participants to create this new century-leaping work.

The piece exists as an immersive installation on a purpose-built 360 degree screen with surround sound and as a 7-minute film. The installation was premiered live at the Royal Festival Hall including a staging featuring a cast of 100 and is now touring to galleries, festivals and cinemas across the world through 2009 as an installation and film.

Streetwise Opera works in 10 homeless centres around the country in London, Luton, Nottingham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough running a weekly music programme. Each year we work towards a major show with our performers at venues such as the Almeida Theatre and Westminster Abbey.

Through July and August 2008 the composer Mira Calix and the video artists Flat-e have worked with all the groups to create My Secret Heart. We chose Allegri’s 17th century choral masterpiece,Miserere as inspiration for the piece. Streetwise performers worked on dramatic movements inspired by the secrecy and mystery of the Miserere which were then filmed by Flat-e for the visuals of the piece. They also sang sections of Miserere for the soundtrack.

Making Of Documentaries. Below are two ‘Making Of’ documentaries showing how My Secret Heart was created.

Process Documentary (no sound) showing how the piece was created in homeless centres in summer 08

More: http://www.mysecretheart.co.uk/process

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