ENO and Punchdrunk give the world premiere of an innovative new immersive opera commissioned by ENO from composer Torsten Rasch opening on 13 July 2010. To celebrate The Duchess of Malfi, ENO Baylis, the Company’s learning and participation team is working at the project site in Great Eastern Quay in London’s Royal Albert Basin, Newham E16 on Sunday 25 July to create a film soundtrack in a day.

Following the success of recent ENO Baylis projects Sing Hallelujah and Satyagraha Remix, this exciting participation project is set around the 1935 movie Werewolf of London. The day comprises of workshops led by ENO professionals and explores the theme of lycanthropy in The Duchess of Malfi. Participants have the chance to learn new creative skills and build on existing ones, experiment with sound-sources, practise performance skills, learn how to organise and structure sound, create basic sound-design and receive a tour of the site from Punchdrunk. At 5.45pm the day comes to a climax with a live performance of the soundtrack alongside a screening of the film in front of an audience.

Werewolf of London will include people from Newham and other local boroughs but is also welcomes anyone from complete beginners to professionals and there are several ways to get involved: register for the day which offers the exclusive opportunity to participate in the creation of the soundtrack as well as a tour with Punchdrunk of the site where The Duchess of Malfi is to be staged, or come and watch the final performance as a member of the audience.

The project is divided into four groups that participants can sign up for:

  • Werewolf music featuring acoustic string instruments
  • Fighting music open to any instrument
  • Singers of all voice types in order to create strange, spooky atmospheres
  • Percussion of all kinds – bring your won or use some of ENO’s to create exotic and creepy music

    During the course of the day participants will be working closely with a film-maker to produce a documentary on the project, featuring footage of both the rehearsal process and the final performance, and will be hosted on the ENO website for participants and the public to see.

    To book a place as either a performer or a member of the audience visit http://www.eno.org/see-whats-on/productions/production-page.php?&itemid=915 or contact the ENO box office on 0871 4720800. The film is rated PG and therefore participation is restricted to children aged seven or above, young people and adults. Young people under the age of fifteen must be accompanied by and adult.

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