CONTINENT CHOP CHOP
A story told through poetry, music and digital-media connecting legacies of inequality to climate change. Touring Oct-Dec 2015: Manchester, London, Liverpool, Huddersfield, Leeds and Leicester.
// Crossing continents and historical boundaries //
// colliding refugee testimony with PR speak //
// imperial anthems versus Xhosa song //
// with a flavour of afrobeat, experimental electronics and nursery rhymes //
What is CONTINENT CHOP CHOP?
‘Continent Chop Chop’ is a touring transmedia production linking narratives of climate change to the broader issues of poverty, race and social justice. Using interwoven narratives portrayed through music, poetry, and projected imagery, it will ask:
- Who controls the narrative of climate change?
- What are the connections between climate change and poverty?
- How does the wider climate of austerity and scapegoating of migrants connect with climate change?
- And why should anyone care when they don’t have enough to eat?
Drawing on diverse histories and narratives of climate justice from across the world, with music influenced by Afrobeat, experimental electronics, English Folk and deconstructed imperial and colonial anthems.
Featuring commissioned work from guest artists:
Nnimmo Bassey, a leading environmental activist who has won a number of awards and has played leading roles in Friends Of The Earth International, Oilwatch Africa and the Global South Network.
Zena Edwards, a London-based performance poet, writer and musician and creative director of Conversations: Verse in Dialog; Re-Imagining Arts In Action; The Fury Project; The Poetic Debaters.
A performance project by the Virtual Migrants collective.
Devised and led by Sai Murray (writer, performer), Aidan Jolly (musician, composer) and Maya Chowdhry (transmedia artist). Supporting artists: Tracey Zengeni (vocals, performer), Jaydev Mistry (musician, digital soundscapes), Kooj Chuhan (video artist), Mazaher Rafshajani (photography and video).
Directed by Amanda Huxtable.
LIST OF PERFORMANCES IN 2015:
Full details and links to tickets at http://virtualmigrants.net/continent-chop-chop/tour-dates-tickets/
Saturday 31st October, 7.30pm
Kirklees Media Centre, Huddersfield
Saturday 7th November, 6 – 8pm
Highfields Centre, Leicester
Tuesday 10th November 6pm (excerpt as part of ‘Dance The Guns To Silence’)
Rich Mix, London
Saturday 14th November, 7.30pm
Anthony Burgess Centre, Manchester
Sunday 15th November, 3 – 5pm
The Lantern, Liverpool
Friday 20th November, 7.30pm
Seven Arts, Leeds
Thursday 3rd December, 6.30pm
Free Word Centre, London
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