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    Bog Body

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    Sat 2 Jul, 8pm
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Performance & dance
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    Bog Body, woman lying on the ground
    Ross Downes

    Dig into the ancient significance and environmental importance of peat in this powerful audiovisual performance from Keeley Forsyth.

    Bog Body is an innovative audiovisual performance piece crafted around the drama of Forsyth’s voice, in collaboration with composer Ross Downes.

    Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor. Built upon sparse arrangements, Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting.

    Her debut album Debris was released in 2020, with the Sunday Times declaring it ‘one of the most remarkable albums in years.’

    Ross Downes is a British musician and fine artist who composes darkly ambient, electronic, instrumental music.

    His recordings are filmic meditations combining atmospheric sound design with influences from ambient, minimal, industrial and contemporary classical music.

    In the last few years Downes has collaborated with artists on large exhibitions, such as Laure Prouvost’s installation Cockatoo Island at the Biennale of Sydney and Res-o-nant at the Jewish Museum.

    Need to know

    This event is free, but ticketed with unallocated seating. Tickets don’t guarantee entry: admission is on a first come, first served basis for those with tickets. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

    This 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Jul, 8pm
    Approximate run time: 60 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entryFree, but ticketed

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    Purcell Room

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