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LONDON: Tales from the Bridge | 08-Aug-12

Friday 27th July to Friday 14th September 2012

A major installation of poetry on the Millennium Bridge has been launched to coincide with the Olympic festivities, a full-immersion poetic experience that is stirring and original. From 27 July onwards, for 7 weeks, a vast interactive soundscape written by award-winning poet Mario Petrucci (and designed by Martyn Ware / David Bickerstaff) will span the Millennium bridge from the early hours of each day till 10pm. Also, at the start of each hour, an invisible 3,746-voice strong choir from 73 countries performs 'Water Night' written by Grammy-winning composer, Eric Whitacre, based on a short poem by Octavio Paz.

The soundscape is built around a haunting score composed by Martyn Ware [formerly of the Human League] and a long, commissioned poetry script for two voices, written by Mario Petrucci. This poem explores the role of the Thames as the lyrical and gritty heart of the city, drawing on such authors as Shakespeare, Pepys, Dickens, TS Eliot and Lao Tzu. It incorporates the history, geology, function and literary associations of the river, bringing to life the full breadth of its metaphorical and allusive potencies.

Here also is a link to Mario Petrucci's website: which gives further information as well as links to the full poetry script, audio and articles. 

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