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Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa by Vanishing Point & Scottish Ensemble

A major new co-production from Vanishing Point and Scottish Ensemble.

‘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 in 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)
Platform, Glasgow
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Wed 8 Nov (Preview) + Thu 9 - Sat 11 Nov 2017 
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Tickets go on sale August

Thu 16 Nov 2017
Eden Court, Inverness

Wed 22 - Fri 24 Nov 2017
Tramway, Glasgow
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Conceived & Directed by Matthew Lenton
Musical direction by Jonathan Morton

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