The Long Count

A rare chance to see The National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner's multimedia concert in collaboration with Matthew Ritchie

2 - 4 February 2012 / 20:30

£20 - 25

subject to availability
 sold out


Acclaimed rock band The National’s twin brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner conceived The Long Count in collaboration with video artist Matthew Ritchie as a multimedia concert, which explores the ‘time before time’; the indivisible moment before creation is expressed.

Inspired by the ‘hero twins’ of the Mayan creation myth contained in the Popol Vuh – of which the Long Count calendar is an important part – the show presents a mythical song cycle of subtly interweaving guitars, solemn a capella, layered sound structures and scintillating rock.

The Dessners team up with a 12-strong ensemble featuring members of the Heritage Orchestra, surrounded by an impressive installation designed by Ritchie, and singers/performers Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), plus special guest Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio).

Aaron Dessner introduces The Long Count in our January podcast

Music by
Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner

Written, designed and directed by
Matthew Ritchie

Additional lyrics by
Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)
Matt Berninger (The National)
Kelley and Kim Deal (The Breeders)

Special guest
Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)

Production design
Matthew Ritchie Studio, (James Case, Nick Roth, Mike Koller)

Sound design
David Sheppard

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Part of Summer Music 2012
Part of Theatre & Dance - Jan - Sep 2012

Produced by the Barbican

Commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival

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