Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men

A film and live score

A still image from Last and First Men depicting a dilapidated building

Music, film and narration form a poetic meditation on memory and loss in a performance of Jóhannsson's breathtaking multimedia work, Last and First Men.

Based on the cult science fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, it combines music, film and narration from Tilda Swinton, sitting somewhere between fiction and documentary. Images of a decaying futuristic landscape – filmed in 16mm black and white in the former Yugoslav republics – are placed against Jóhannsson’s haunting orchestral score, crafted over seven years, before its premiere at the 2017 Manchester International Festival.

Having passed away in February, we've made the decision not to replace Jóhann – instead, the performance will go ahead in tribute to him, and recordings that Jóhann made of his own parts will be played live alongside the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daníel Bjarnason.

This performance will begin promptly at the advertised start time and is expected to finish by 10.30pm. Subject to change.

Produced by the Barbican

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, the Barbican Centre and Sydney Opera House

Film co-produced by Flanders Festival Kortrijk with the support of Gone West, Province of West Flanders

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