Midori Takada and The Light Surgeons: Tracing The Circle

This event has been rescheduled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis: all tickets are valid for the new date.

Contemplate time, place and the impermanence of being at a live music and cinema experience, in its world premiere.

Japanese composer and percussionist Midori Takada and UK audiovisual artists The Light Surgeons explore the rich cultural history of Japan.

Commissioned for the BFI’s major UK wide cinema programme: Japan 2020: Over 100 Years of Japanese Cinema, this audiovisual experience draws upon a collection of the oldest surviving films from Japan.

These date from 1894 to 1929 and are preserved and digitised by the BFI National Archive.

The Light Surgeons’ screen alchemy and Takada’s instrumental dreamscapes combine to create a rare, spellbinding journey.

The commission of a new score for this event has been generously supported by The Polonsky Foundation.

Midori Takada’s work is born out of a ceremonial and meditative sensibility that is distinctly Japanese.

Over the past 40 years she has made solo, group and theatrical music.

Her music distils rhythms from around the world into a transformative listening experience for audiences.

The Light Surgeons are renowned for their live cinema performances, films and installations.

Their installations blend together documentary film, animation, real time video processing and electronica.

For 25 years, the Light Surgeons have collaborated with artists, designers, software developers, musicians and filmmakers.

The group is led by media artist Christopher Thomas Allen.

He will be joined on stage by audio visual artist Tim Cowie.

Dates & times

11 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 80 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Queen Elizabeth Hall


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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