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Tabula Rasa

a haunting, poetic production about human resilience, set to the music of Arvo Pärt

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On sale 21 August 2017 from Traverse Theatre


Conceived and directed by Matthew Lenton
Musical direction by Jonathan Morton

Several people have told me essentially this same story about the still, sad music of Pärt – how it became, for them or for others, a vehicle of solace. One or two such anecdotes seem sentimental; a series of them begins to suggest a slightly uncanny phenomenon.” Alex Ross, New York Times

Two of Scotland’s foremost performing groups present a co-production that sets Arvo Pärt’s spiritual and mesmeric Tabula Rasa in a theatrical context, exploring the recognised role of the piece in the care of patients during their final days.

With musicians forming an integral part of the drama, this visionary production explores the documented role of Pärt’s haunting piece, which has come to be known – and used – as a profound and transcendental piece of music. It is a life-affirming exploration of care, humanity, suffering – and the uplifting power, and endless importance, of art.

Vanishing Point is Scotland’s foremost artist-led independent theatre company, internationally acclaimed for its distinctive, groundbreaking work.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Nov 2017 at 7:30 pm

10 Cambridge St, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED United Kingdom

0131 228 1404