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Hildur Guðnadóttir: Chernobyl

A live performance featuring four musicians facing each other with smoke and stobe lights around them

Oscar-winning Icelandic composer, Hildur Guðnadóttir, presents her groundbreaking score for HBO’s Chernobyl miniseries, filmed live in an experiential performance in Warsaw this September.

This site-specific performance took place in the industrial space of Mińska 65: its limited live audience plunged into darkness, with strobe lights flashing around them to create a truly immersive and atmospheric experience.

The score is a vast soundscape, created using field recordings made at the decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power plant by sound artist Chris Watson – the location for the filming of Chernobyl. Eschewing traditional instrumentation, Guðnadóttir utilised the very same materials and environment that caused the catastrophe: the body of the power plant - the piping, pumps and turbine halls. The result is a chilling work that radiates tension, while inspiring magnificent awe.

To keep you entertained at home, this concert is available to watch On Demand. Click to buy, and your video will be available to watch for 48 hours.

Please note that this performance contains strobing.

This performance took place as a part of Ephemera Warsaw Arts Festival presented by Fundacja Tone, co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Commissioned by Unsound Festival, Rewire, Dark Mofo and Barbican

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