THE OBSERVATORY

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art | 2015
An exploration of humankind’s relationship with space and our gradual attempts to understand and explore it with the poetic, the scientific and the musical.

Weightlessness, distance, the unknown, infinity and astronomical geometry inspired this co-commission from the Norfolk & Norwich Festival. The Voice Project Choir became The Astronony Choir for these performances at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Angia.

Composers Jonathan Baker, Orlando Gough and Karen Wimhurst set texts that ranged from the amazing metaphysics of George Herbert to unbroadcast bulletins about Apollo 11, in a piece written for 150 choreographed voices and an ensemble of exceptional instrumentalists including percussionist Stephen Hiscock and pedal steel guitarist  BJ Cole, with lighting design from Tim Tracey.