The Voice Project

The Arms of Sleep


Monday 22 - Friday 26 May 9.30pm - 8am

The Assembly House

An aerial view of a single beg with white sheets.

© Dave Gutteridge

Devised and created by Sian Croose & Jonathan Baker
Composers Jonathan Baker, Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough and Jon Hopkins
Design by Laura Hopkins
Film by Sal Pittman
Lighting by Tim Tracey

Through dusk and darkness to dawn. The liminal space, drift and dream.

Forty audience members join the choir to travel into the space of sleep where galaxies are born; a 23rd-Century Vespers. Arriving in the beautiful surroundings of the Assembly House Norwich, guests will be given a bed each and spend the night surrounded by sound and shadows, balancing and drifting between sleep and wakefulness.

This ten-hour choral piece will feature specially-written music from Helen Chadwick, Orlando Gough, Jonathan Baker and Jon Hopkins.

What if you slept
And what if
In your sleep
You dreamed
And what if
In your dream
You went to heaven
And there plucked a strange
and beautiful flower
And what if
When you awoke
You had that flower in your hand
Ah, what then?
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Voice Project was created in 2008 by singers, composers and animateurs Sian Croose and Jonathan Baker. Based in Norwich, they premiere all of their large-scale vocal performance projects here.

Audiences should bring a simple overnight bag. Click here for more information.

Post-event talk on Wednesday 24 May

Event runs: c.10 hrs 30 mins

Visit The Voice Project's website here

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A Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Brighton Festival co-commission; co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and The Voice Project.

With thanks to The Assembly House and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director's Cricle Supporter Lynn Biggs.