Marking 2017 as the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, artistic Laboratory Metal - in partnership with Warp Records, Barbican Centre, and Boiler Room, plus Indian partners Wild City and What About Art? - will present Different Trains 1947.
Inspired by the work of Steve Reich, this new piece will feature music artists Actress (Ninja Tune), Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Indian music producer Sandunes, plus filmmakers/artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, who will weave archive materials through their audiovisual performance to tell the story of this dynamic period in history.
Different Trains 1947 will be premiered in Liverpool as an open air concert at Metal, Edge Hill railway station - the oldest active passenger railway station in the world – on 28th September 2017.
The piece will then be presented at Barbican Hall London (1st October 2017) and Magnetic Fields Festival, within the grounds ofa 17th Century palace on the edge of the desert in Rajasthan in India (December 2017), creating a truly epic international showcase for this new commission, with Boiler Room streaming one of the events as a live global broadcast.
Different Trains 1947 is a core project of Arts Council England's Reimagine India fund, with additional support from Film Hub North West Central - proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network, Northern Rail and Digital Partner British Council.