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In a live, spectacular light show, UNBOXED brings 13.8 billion years of history to the Tower of London. The Tower of London will serve as the backdrop for a narrative spanning 13.8 billion years of history, from the Big Bang to the present, from November 16 through November 19. The iconic landmark will be transformed by About Us, a spectacular lightshow that combines live choirs from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales performing an original score by acclaimed composer and musician Nitin Sawhney CBE; poetry by leading poets and schoolchildren; and a multimedia installation.
About Us is a component of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a collection of 10 significant creative commissions that this year’s events in more than 100 different UK venues, on digital and broadcast platforms, and for millions of people to enjoy. The UNBOXED live show by About Us debuted in Paisley in March before traveling to Derry-Londonderry, Caernarfon, Luton, and Hull. Historic structures, such as an abbey, a castle, or a guildhall, served as the setting for a story that celebrated the many ways in which we are related to the cosmos, the natural world, and one another. Students and local residents from each community contributed to the show in many ways.
The content produced by and with people from all past sites is collected under the heading “About Us” at the Tower of London. Some of the most intriguing poets now producing work in the UK are represented in the 25-minute projection, including Llr Gwyn Lewis, Jen Hadfield, Jason Allen-Paisant, Khairani Barokka, Stephen Sexton, and Grug Muse. Musical direction for the choirs singing Nitin Sawhney’s composition is provided by Osnat Schmool. Additionally, for About Us at the Tower of London, choir members from all five of the UK’s tour stops will come together for the first time, including those from Codetta, Hull Freedom Chorus, Glasgow City Chorus, Côr Dre, Côr Eifionydd, and BIG Hat Factory Choir.
The winning entries of an international poetry and coding competition for young people will be displayed alongside poems and Scratch animations created in About Us school workshops, as well as live portraits of local people from the UK tour locations, during pop-up multimedia installations that will be on display during the day. This year, About Us has continued to conduct poetry and coding workshops at each of the five stops on the tour. One of the innovative and technological forces behind the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games was 59 Productions. By exhibiting a variety of professionals in different fields, Stemettes is an award-winning social company that aims to inspire, educate, and connect the next generation of women and non-binary individuals.
One of the UK’s most active arts organizations, The Poetry Society creates cutting-edge educational and commissioning programs for audiences of all ages. The UNBOXED program has featured substantial material produced for internet and broadcast, as well as free events in over 100 towns, cities, and villages. The UNBOXED live program concludes on November 20 with SEE MONSTER in Weston-super-Mare, but viewers can still access UNBOXED creative content created for digital and broadcast platforms, such as augmented reality tours of UK cities (StoryTrails), a tour of the solar system (Our Place in Space), filmed artworks produced in the UK’s natural landscapes (Green Space Dark Skies), and a story from our future (GALWAD), as well as extensive curriculum.
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