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Disunited Jukebox – A 21st Century Opera from Company Carpi

Angry, serious, comic, inquisitive, personal and emotional… Disunited Jukebox is a brand new contemporary anthology chamber opera about the bewildering state of the modern world, created by composer Gary Lloyd and choreographer Bettina Carpi. 

Highly celebrated writers Mary Talbot, Neil Gaiman, Ken MacLeod, Audrey Schebat, John Higgs and many others have created the specially written libretto for the opera, along with new writing talent such as Marissa Landy, community and youth input, and even a NASA astronaut. 

Renowned opera singers Naomi Rogers, Olivia Carrell, Isabelle Mohan and Luca Wetherall join an ensemble of musicians comprising a string sextet, two percussionists and a pianist, drawn from the best orchestras in the UK, including the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.  

The talented contemporary dancers include Company Carpi performers and youth and community dance groups, all contributing to this explosive performance. 

Disunited Jukebox spans diverse topics from artificial intelligence, nature and climate change, witchcraft, political landscape, neuroscience, refugee crises, technological progresses, our hopes and fears for the future… to mental health and conspiracy theories. 

Company Carpi combines music and dance with other art forms to present imaginative live performance pieces which address societal topics. Run by composer Gary Lloyd and dancer/choreographer Bettina Carpi, the company creates work that is bold and forward looking, yet intimate, empathetic and accessible.  

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Date: Tuesday 30 April  

Time: 7.30pm-9pm 

Venue: St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH 

Tickets: £10 (£8 conc), free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers 

Age guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/heritage-quay 

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A Tree in Time

The magical Annapurna Indian Dance company presents A Tree in Time: a dance and storytelling session with live Tabla, inspired by the true story of Saalumarada Thimmakka, an Indian woman who has dedicated her life to planting trees.  Artists include internationally renowned Tabla Mastro Sanju Sahai, musician Kirpal Singh Panesar and Kathak dancer Jaymini Sahai with writer Ian Clyaton as the storyteller.

Saalumarada was born in a remote village and did not receive a formal education. An active campaigner on afforestation, she has over her lifetime planted 8,000+ trees, including 385 banyan trees, the national tree of India. She used to carry pails of water for over four kilometres to water the saplings every day, demonstrating a selfless dedication towards trees and the environment. Now 112 years old, Saalumarada was conferred with the Padma Shri award by the government of India in 2019. 

Annapurna Indian Dance was founded in Halifax by artistic director Shantha Rao with a vision to connect communities through dance and sharing stories. Since its inception, the company has placed environmental conversations at the front and centre of all its projects, speaking up about the Climate Crisis and encouraging people to make changes to reduce their carbon footprint. 

Access and Covid safety measures: if you have specific access needs or queries and/or prefer to be seated away from other audience members as a Covid safety measure, please contact our Admin at: [email protected] with your request.  

Date: Tuesday 23 April  

Time: 7pm-8pm 

Venue: Attic, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SP 

Tickets: £5 free for University of Huddersfield staff and students & essential carers

Age guidance: 16+ 

Access Guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/huddersfield-literature-festival/access-guides/lawrence-batley-theatre 

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