As India commemorates 70 years of independence, artistic laboratory Metal presents Different Trains 1947; a multimedia response to the story of Indian freedom.
Taking its structural basis from Steve Reich’s 1988 landmark work Different Trains - a revolutionary piece of documentary music – this is an entirely new work, featuring music, archival footage and interviews with those who lived through this pivotal period of history, brought together by a dynamic creative team. Abstract beatmaker Actress, composer Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Mumbai-based producer Sandunes, and filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard collaborate to contemplate the events of 1947 that led to the partition of India, creating an audiovisual train journey through one of the fascinating, magnificent and diverse countries in the world.
While the composition draws inspiration from Different Trains; a piece which collected footage and audio recounting train journeys in the US and Europe during World War Two, this project shifts the location to India and the UK in 1947, distilling the narrative of life during India’s transition to independence, and the wider impact of train travel on the human experience.
The first half of the concert will feature a performance from the electronic duo Darkstar.
In partnership with Warp Records and Boiler Room, plus Indian partners Wild City and What About Art?
Different Trains 1947 is a core project of Arts Council England's Reimagine India fund, with British Council as Digital Partner, plus additional support from Northern Rail and Film Hub North West Central - proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.