The familiar sound of the bagpipes is pushed to its limits in this new collaborative work which explores what the instrument can (and cannot) do, challenging its capabilities and limitations against the ostensibly endless potential of electronica. Two wildly different musical spheres collide as artist-composer Playe and musician Górski-Brown put on a performance like no other – thought-provoking, endlessly experimental, and shot through with an irrepressible sense of mischief. Rima Ben Brahim’s innovative lighting provides the final ingredient to this genre-trampling, globe-trotting experimental adventure.

A Cryptic Commission 2024 in partnership with GMEM, Theatre Hexagone and Stereolux.

Supported by Institut français d’Ecosse and Alliance Francaise Glasgow and Diaphonique, Franco-British Fund for Contemporary Music in partnership with SACEM , Friends of the French Institute TrustBritish CouncilInstitut Français du Royaume-UniCentre National de la MusiqueCreative Scotland and Fondation Salabert.

Inspired by Ursula K. Le Guin’s science-fiction classic The Left Hand of Darkness, musician Marie Delprat’s live show braids together her investigations into female performance in a post-human world, and the ways an artist’s personal experiences inform their practice. Mixing synthesised vocals and live instrumentation, Delprat moves through the space, eroding the barrier between artist and audience and turning a performance into an enquiry into creative endeavour. If all fiction is metaphor, what does that say about the narratives we tell ourselves – and about ourselves?

Supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund UK and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.