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Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa by Vanishing Point & Scottish Ensemble

A major new co-production from Vanishing Point and Scottish Ensemble. Visit our Tabula Rasa microsite here. 

‘Several people have told me essentially this same story about the still, sad music of Pärt – how it became, for them or for others, a vehicle of solace. One or two such anecdotes seem sentimental; a series of them begins to suggest a slightly uncanny phenomenon.’ Alex Ross, New York Times

Two of Scotland's foremost performing groups present a co-production that sets Arvo Pärt's spiritual and mesmeric Tabula Rasa (as well as Spiegel im Spiegel and Fratresin a theatrical context, exploring the recognised role of the piece in the care of patients during their final days.

With musicians forming an integral part of the drama, this visionary production explores the documented role of Pärt’s haunting piece, which has come to be known - and used - as a profound and transcendental piece of music. It is a life-affirming exploration of care, humanity, suffering - and the uplifting power, and endless importance, of art.

The UK’s leading string orchestra, Scottish Ensemble is a group of outstanding musicians championing music written for strings, becoming increasingly known for its bold, adventurous collaborations with artists from other genres and forms.

Performance dates

Fri 3 - Sat 4 Nov 2017 (previews)
Fri 7pm / Sat 2pm
Platform, Glasgow

Wed 8 Nov (Preview) + Thu 9 - Sat 11 Nov 2017 
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Post show discussion on Fri 10th Nov

Thu 16 Nov 2017
Eden Court, Inverness
Post show discussion

Wed 22 - Fri 24 Nov 2017
Tramway, Glasgow
Post show discussion on Thu 23rd Nov





A co-production between Vanishing Point and Scottish Ensemble

Conceived, directed and designed by Matthew Lenton

Musical direction by Jonathan Morton
Lighting Design by Kai Fischer
Tabula Rasa, Spiegel im Spiegel and Fratres. Music by Arvo Pärt.
By arrangement with Universal Edition A.G Wien. (subject to change).

Photography: Hugh Carswell

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