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Audiovisual project Different Trains 1947 celebrates 70 years of Indian independence

Actress and others work with artist platform Metal in a collaboration based on Steve Reich's Different Trains

To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, artist platform Metal – in partnership with London’s Barbican Centre, Warp and Boiler Room, and Indian partners Wild City and What About Art? – have collaborated on Different Trains 1947. Taking inspiration from Steve Reich’s 1988 piece Different Trains, three nights of audiovisual performance will bring together the cultures of UK and India, and feature artists Actress, Sanaya Ardeshir aka Sandunes and Jack Barnett (These New Puritans).

The piece will be presented at Metal Liverpool (28 September), Barbican Hall London (1 October) and Magnetic Fields Festival, within the grounds of a 17th Century palace on the edge of the desert in Rajasthan in India (15–17 December). Boiler Room will stream one of the Rajasthan dates live.

Watch a short documentary featuring, among others, Darren Cunningham and Stephen Christian (Creative Director of Warp and Musical Director for Different Trains 1947) on their journey to Mumbai to research for the project.

Reich's piece gained inspiration from the journeys he made during WWII between New York and Los Angeles to visit his parents. He would later incorporate speech samples from interviews he made in Europe and America about the the time leading up to, during and after WWII, including three Holocaust survivors recalling, among other things, their experiences traveling by train to concentration camps. Metal recently presented Different Trains, performed by Reich, at Edge Hill Station, London.

More information can be found via the project's website.