ERRATICA, the international new British music theatre company, will bring the world premiere of Remnants to the Print Room at the Coronet, this summer. With previews starting on 12 June as part of InTRANSIT Festival, this production tells the true story of one woman’s experience of the aftermath of the Srebrenica massacre, and her family’s connection to the Holocaust in Bosnia 50 years before.
Adapted from the memoir The Stone Fields by Croatian-American writer Courtney Angela Brkic, Remnants will be performed by an all-female cast of four singers and a dancer. Director Patrick Eakin Young layers audio extracts from interviews with the author over a wholly unique combination of original vocal works by Christian Mason, traditional Balkan music, and deep, rumbling electronic compositions by Shelley Parker with choreography from Jamila Johnson-Small.
A moving personal narrative set against the backdrop of the twinned tragedies of Bosnia and the Second World War, Remnants is a troubling and timely reminder of the consequences of prejudice and how the traumas of the past continue to affect us to this day.
Courtney Angela Brkic has worked for the United Nations International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague and has carried out extensive research in to Croatia’s war-affected female population. Her memoir The Stone Fields: An Epitaph for Living, the inspiration for this production, in part recounts her time spent in eastern Bosnia as part of a Physicians for Human Rights forensic team, where she helped to exhume and identify the bodies of thousands who were massacred in 1995. Brkic intertwines this personal experience with the story of her Grandmother, Andelka, and the losses she faced during the Bosnian Holocaust of World War II.
Remnants will be performed by Emma Bonnici, Victoria Couper, Eugenia Georgieva, Fabiola Santana and Olesya Zdorovetska.
Patrick Eakin Young, Artistic Director of ERRATICA, spearheads an artist-led initiative, New British Music Theatre, which brings together and showcases exceptional practitioners working in music-driven theatre across the UK. This new way of defining work aims to create an identity that encompasses and makes space for music-driven drama in all its guises, transcending the gap between ‘music theatre’ and ‘musical theatre’. Alongside ERRATICA, a wealth of respected artists are embedded in the movement, including 1927, Klanghaus, Little Bulb, Verity Standen and Melanie Wilson.
Running in conjunction with Remnants, What Remains: Memory, History and Conflict is a series of ancillary talks and events, curated by ERRATICA, which will also take place at the Print Room at the Coronet. Bosnian artist Šejla Kamerić will be the main artist for What Remains: Memory, History and Conflict. Forming part of this programme is OBJECTS OF MEMORY, a video project examining the memories and significance we assign to inanimate objects.
With full details to be announced, the programme will include panel discussions, installations, films and music events, all responding to themes of memory, resonance, ritual and the aftermath of conflict.
This June, InTRANSIT Festival will once again take over the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with its exciting and experimental programme of site-responsive art and performance.
Following REMNANTS, Print Room at the Coronet will present the Golden Globe nominated composer Jocelyn Pook, with her new work Hearing Voices which explores the lives of women who have lived with mental illness, across generations. Blending live performance, recorded interviews and Pook’s original music, Hearing Voices will run 12 – 15 July.