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News - Jocelyn Pook: Lest we Forget in London

Monday, March 17, 2014
Jocelyn Pook has created the score for a new dance piece choreographed by Akram Khan for English National Ballet marking the centenary of the First World War.

Lest we Forget will be showing at the Barbican, London from April 2-21. Book here

Pook’s source material includes an archive recording of Edward Dwyer, a corporal in the British army. In 1916, Dwyer was recorded talking about his life as a soldier and singing a marching song, ‘We’re Here Because We’re Here,’ invented by soldiers. He was killed in action later that year, making the scratchy archive recording even more poignant. In Jocelyn’s piece, the voice of counter-tenor Jonathan Peter Kenny acts as a counterpoint to the recording of Dwyer singing. Her works will be performed by the English National Ballet orchestra.

Lest We Forget includes commissions by award-winning British contemporary choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and up-and-coming classical ballet choreographer Liam Scarlett reflecting the moving and powerful impact of the First World War on those setting off to fight and those left behind.

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