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Thursday Scratch Nights

Caroline Bergvall: Drift

Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bergvall: Drift

Thursday 2 October / 7.30pm / £6 on the door


Drift takes you on a journey through time and space, where languages mix, where live percussion meets live voice, where the ancient cohabits with the present. Ancient tales of exile and love re-emerge to shadow today’s lives and losses. 

Internationally renowned performer Caroline Bergvall teams up with experimental Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach and Swiss visual artist Thomas Koppel and together they invent a language of extremes: from the ancient pool of English and Nordic poetry to the lyrics of pop songs and damning human rights reports to contemporary sea migrants’ disaster. The 3D treatment of the texts by Koppel transforms the narrative into a dense, abstract canvas of drifting language mass, enhancing the hypnotic quality of the work. It also acts as a reminder of the endless changes undergone by the English language in its many histories. 

Inspired by the anonymous Anglo-Saxon poem, The Seafarer, Drift was originally commissioned for the festival lost.las.gru by Gru/Transtheatre, Geneva.



Voice, texts, concept: Caroline Bergvall

Live and treated percussion: Ingar Zach

Visual treatment and programming: Thomas Köppel

Dramaturgy: Michèle Pralong


Produced in the UK by Penned in the Margins with Sound and Music. 


Penned in the Margins   Sound and Music


Premiering at the Southbank in July 2014. 


October 2014


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Read a review of Drift published in Art Monthly, October 2014.


Thank heaven for Caroline Bergvall, an artist and poet pushing the boundaries of language in a blogged-up and twittering world.

(The Guardian)