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Festival of Central and Eastern European Arts: Soul-étude

This show has now closed, please visit our London Shows page for a full list of current productions.

About the Show Less...

A visual feast beneath the streets of Clerkenwell, this truly remarkable, dark and cavernous space provides the setting for an extraordinary piece on human isolation. Read More >

As we carry our own energetic fields or auras, a kinetic merry-go-round gravitates around our body, made up of the particles of our experiences, emotions and memories. Though we try to retain our identities through this protective layer, it fights to free itself and cross into the unknown. Magic, trickery and thrills are guaranteed as Czech’s renowned installation artist, Petr Nikl, is let loose in the abattoir to the music of The Balanescu Quartet.

In a disused abattoir, four physical performers inhabit Peter Nikl’s astonishing, working mechanical installations to take us on a journey through air, water and sound. Especially commissioned for Feeast 06, Soul-étude unites a remarkable team of international artists including the celebrated visual artist Petr Nikl and Feeast Director Diana Cezar. They are joined by a company of physical performers and the internationally acclaimed Balanescu Quarter, applauded for re-defining musical boundaries in their unique work with such artists as Michael Nyman, David Byrne, the Pet Shop Boys, Kate Bush and Kraftwerk. The Balenescu Quartet are on Mute Records.

This is not taking place at Riverside Studios. It is taking place at:

The Old Abattoir
The Basement
187 – 211 St. John Street
London EC1

The venue is on St John’s Street opposite Compton Road. We recommend The Well Bar (opposite) for pre/post show drinks. Toilet facilities for the venue are available here.

The Old Abattoir has no wheelchair access; there are many stairs. The space is damp and it is advised you wear appropriate clothing and flat shoes.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 16/11/2006

Closing Night: 19/11/2006

Running time: 50min

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