Kimmo Pohjonen Accordion Wrestling

8 June 2012 / 20:00
York Hall

£20 (sold out) / £12 (available - standing)

 sold out

5-15 Old Ford Road  Bethnal Green E2 9PJ

Music, film and wrestling collide for an extraordinary sport and music experience, featuring the sonic power of musical adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen set against twelve champion wrestlers.

A unique theatrical music and sport performance, Accordion Wrestling takes a modern spin on the Finnish wrestling tradition from the 1900s, when the accordion was used as musical accompaniment for wrestling matches.  Collaborating with Finnish wrestling group Helsinki Nelson, members of the British Wrestling Association and Finland’s leading creative production team, Pohjonen creates an innovative and entertaining show.

Using the latest lighting and sound technology, Accordion Wrestling features film, music performance and choreographed wrestling presented on a specially designed amplified wrestling mat and using surround sound to dramatic effect. 

A pioneering sport and music production catch Accordion Wrestling before its residency at New York’s Lincoln Centre.

‘Pohjonen was simply amazing... one of Europe's musical innovators.’ Guardian

Directed and choreographed by Ari Numminen
Light design by Mikki Kunttu
Sound design by Heikki Iso-Ahola

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Part of Summer Music 2012

Produced by the Barbican in association with sounduk


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