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Autumn 2014

Totum-One - Junction Goole

Trio’s commission creates a cosmic journey for IOU

  • Totum-One
  • Totum-One

VISITORS to a giant “sound and vision laboratory” have been able to embark on a cosmic journey in words and music, thanks to a unique collaboration between the University of Huddersfield and one of Europe’s most innovative performance companies.

The installation resulting from the partnership is named Totum-One and it was premiered at Junction, an award-winning arts centre in Goole.  The organisation IOU – which has been a pioneer in theatre, performance and arts installation for almost 40 years – erected a large, inflatable igloo-like structure in which audiences were seated in deckchairs and, via headphones, were immersed in a 30-minute words-and-music composition named Borderlands.

It was composed as a sequence for solo cello by the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Monty Adkins, and the music was closely integrated with a text by drama lecturer Dr Deborah Middleton.

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