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"Chorus" by UVA & Opera North at The Wapping Project

Chorus by UVA and Mira Calix is an installation at The Wapping Project until the 18th July.

"Chorus" by UVA & Opera North at The Wapping Project

It’s deceptively simple but powerful – lights and speakers on pendulums swing and illuminate, emitting building, swooping, harmonies of operatic chorus notes. You walk around and underneath it, but all the time it surround you.

The darkness of the old boiler house that The Wapping Project calls home becomes something like the engine room of a massive brick starship, or the sanctum sanctorum of a neo-Victorian occult engineering cult.

There are further echoes of scifi.

The chorus is aurally-reminiscent of the Ligeti-soaked startup sequences of Kubrick’s stargates.

The deserted Victorian infrastructure that the piece inhabits is a Nigel Kneale set, the Hobbes Lane of Quatermass & The Pit, or the oozing walls of The Stone Tape.

Hobbs End tube station

It’s a hauntological intervention, an architecture made of immaterials, a ghost-box of sorts; a real, working, time machine and a wonderful excuse to head to Wapping.

Go.