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The Buffer Zone

“A musical narrative from whose spell it is hard to escape. The impact of the slightly transcendental and unreal mixture of contemplativeness and degeneration is just too strong.”

The Buffer Zone [Scottish Premiere]


A multimedia, operatic world of division – inspired by the Cyprus UN Buffer Zone – explores the boundaries of separation. Suspended video screens divide the audience and on each side musicians play imaginary duets with virtual instruments alongside a UN soldier who illustrates through movement, the absurdity and alienation of the buffer zone. This powerful performance is accompanied by film footage, recordings of UN soldier interviews, the sound of military technology, cello, piano and manipulated voices.

A post-show talk follows the performance.

Multimedia opera by Yannis Kyriakides
Video by HC Gilje
Performers: Tido Visser (voice), Nikos Veliotis (Cello) and Marc Reichow (Piano)

Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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