The Bridge Between Breaths
A sacred space of encounter where we meet. Our breath a bridge between us, time suspended, here our stories rise and fall. Here where everything is a mirror, we wait.
An artist shares the stage with singers and instrumentalists, responding to sound with brushstrokes on canvas. Deaf and hearing audiences meet in the space between breaths, a workshop presentation of the opening section of this new opera followed by audience Q&A to explore formidAbility’s creative approach to accessibility.
A stillness. The birth of new ways to be, divine poetry in the swirl of our mouths, a light so bright, we hold our breath here even if it hurts to breathe, even if staying alive is a feat, here, where being human is a miracle, our breath – the bridge between us is no longer yours or mine.
At once, as One.
R&D produced by formidAbility.
The Cockpit Theatre, as part of Tête-à-Tête: The Opera Festival.
16 September 2020.
Cast & creatives
Words Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Music Gareth Churchill
Co-directors Toria Banks, Simone Ibbett-Brown
Musical director Stephen Higgins
Visual artist Tiffany Lambert
Jane Pinney, Spirit Joanne Roughton-Arnold
Pero Jones, Spirit Ronald Samm
Instrumentalists James Douglas, Matthew Scott
Stage manager Elaine Yeung
Co-producers Mathilda du Tillieul McNicol, Joanne Roughton-Arnold