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Heloise Werner & the Hermes Experiment

Saturday 7 Jul 2018 7pm

Héloïse Werner performer / composer
Octavia Bright writer
Emily Burns director
Jessie Rodger filmmaker

Héloïse Werner The Other Side Of The Sea
Kate Whitley My Hands
Dominic Wills Bird Movements
Prokofiev (arr. Schofield) Visions Fugitives, Nos 1, 7, 8, 16
Rachmaninov (arr. Denholm) Fragments, op. posth
Peter Maxwell Davies (arr. Pashley) Farewell to Stromness


The Other Side Of The Sea is a new one-woman opera about language, memory and identity. Inspired by Héloïse’s experience of adopting English as a second language, it uses the central metaphor of the sea to explore the tension of an identity split linguistically, in this case between French and English. This unconventional piece layers poetry, music, and moving images to articulate the way the mind retains fragments of text, image, and sound at different levels of consciousness.

The project is generously supported by the Michael Cuddigan Trust and was developed during a Snape Maltings residency under the mentorship of composer and cellist Zoë Martlew.