Keaton Henson announces world premiere of 'Six Lethargies'

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Keaton Henson has announced the world premiere of his latest work 'Six Lethargies'.

Performed by the world-renowned Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican Centre, 'Six Lethargies' is the culmination of over three years of work from the musician, artist and composer. Composed around, and from within, issues of mental illness and human emotion, the piece aims to express and explain the feelings of anxiety and depression through six connected movements for string orchestra.

As a performer known for his inability to perform live due to anxiety, 'Six Lethargies' is Keaton's way of handing his story over to the orchestra. Not performing himself, he is allowing them to be his voice.  As well as using pure introspective composition, Keaton has met with neuroscientists, music theorists and bio feedback specialists to bring an immersive installation element to the performance, which aims to provide human connection and empathetic insight, and ask the simple question; “if i write how it feels to me, will it make you feel the same”. To heighten and illuminate this question, a portion of the audience will be monitored, with their bio feedback and anxiety levels controlling the lighting of the show in real time.

The world premiere of 'Six Lethargies' will be held on Friday 20th July 2018 at the Barbican Centre. Tickets are available here.

Catherine Grieves