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AMAZON by Alex Ho and Elayce Ismail

Created by Composer Alex Ho and Theatre Maker Elayce Ismail.

A trip to the Amazon takes an unexpected turn. Music, text and visuals combine in a poetic reflection on the world we live in. Alex Ho and Elayce Ismail have never met in person. Neither had used zoom before lockdown. They now know a lot about the inside of each other’s homes: where the best signal is, what’s hanging on the back of that door just in shot, how well the sound of a reversing truck in London carries to Cambridge… Out of this virtual meeting, and sharing of lives and ideas, came AMAZON.

The making of the piece mirrors their experiences of lockdown: what started as a meditation on the suspension of time and collapse of space, became a quest for connection to the world beyond their screens and outside their windows. The result was a surprising and joyful creative collaboration that took them on a journey to the other side of the world.

A Music Theatre Wales and London Sinfonietta Homemakers Commission for HOME in Manchester