The Lost Opera
Ashley Peevor & Nikki Watson
The Lost Opera is an interactive street performance that you can join. Deep in the city, a parade will begin led by three unknown figures. These huge bewildering beasts will twist themselves through the cityscape each one ready to perform together with a musical composition like you have never heard before.
Join the unusual spectacle as a member of the chorus and use your phone to play along with the music of the performance.
About The Lost Opera
The Lost Opera is a street performance consisting of three large costumes based loosely on the Bauhaus Costumes of the 1920s. These huge show-stopping pieces each have a series of speakers built into the costumes that emit the sound through various horns and funnels. Each costume plays a section of the wider composition that informs the movement of the work. This choreography and movement of the costumes and position of the audience affect how the sound is heard.
The audience will be able to join the performance as a chorus by using their phones to join the WIFI produced by the costume and use their own phones to play a section of the musical composition.
About Ashley Peevor & Nikki Watson
Ashley Peevor is a multidisciplinary artist. He has been working for 10 years and has exhibited across the UK and in America, Germany and Portugal. He has been producing outdoor work for over seven years and this work has received extensive press coverage and has been featured on the BBC, American breakfast News and numerous magazines including TimeOut Magazine, Big Issue, Metro amongst many others. He has received various commissions over his career which includes Winchester Hat fair, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and his last project in July for the National Theatre in London for their National Park Festival.
Alongside this work as an artist he also works in a curatorial/ producing capacity on various projects which have included, setting up and running two artist studio, a popup gallery and starting the award-winning student Magazine BUMF.
Find out more about Ashley at ashleypeevor.com
Nikki Watson, Founder and Artistic Director of CoDa, is also Artistic Director of Green Shoes Arts, an established charity inspiring communities in Barking & Dagenham to make positive change through the arts. Watson is also an independent consultant for East London Dance (the regional dance organisation for East London), developing an evaluation methodology on their Head Start mental health programme.
Watson has been the lead artist for many organisations – designing delivery, managing contractors and leading dance sessions – including East London Dance on their Head Start mental health programme and multiple projects for CREATE (large arts charity ‘making positive change through the arts’) for young carers, adults with dementia, adult carers, terminally ill children, young adults with learning disabilities, as well as mentoring and training trainee artists/facilitators within their Nurturing Talent programme.
Watson is an artist mentor for Barbican through its Box project with Complicit, and a performer and artists for Rhiannon Faith Dance.
As choregrapher, Watson has been commissioned to create work for University of Roehampton final year student assessments; the highly acclaimed Ludus Dance creating a piece that was taught to & performed by 500 children at Light Up Lancs; Enable (aka Wandsworth Arts); Southside Shopping Centre (three years in a row to create live & visual artwork responding to the centre); Pump House Gallery; Inspire (over three years worked with 15 schools to create 2 site-specific performances that came together as a large scale promenade work involving 500 local ). Most recently Watson has been appointed Creative Director for CPP Made in Corby’s Time To Project – a year-long programme of arts activities for Older Adults, culminating in a 2 day Older People’s Arts Festival at THE CUBE theatre in 2020.
Find out more about Nikki Watson at codadance.com/nikki-watson
Creative / Production credits
Costume & Music by Ashley Peevor
Choreography by Nikki Watson
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.