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BNM: ‘History of the Present’ (2023)

Cert: 18+

Sat 27 April // 17:00

Tickets: £5 full / £3 cons // £10 combi ticket available for all Sat afternoon BNM events at Cube

** £10 combi ticket available for all BNM Sat afternoon events at Cube available here: https://hdfst.uk/e102909 **


This event is part of #BristolNewMusic

These are the correct door times:
Doors: 17:10
Starts: 17:20
Ends: 18:10

An experimental feminist opera-film about class and conflict, ‘History of the Present’ has been made collaboratively by Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, featuring new compositions by Annea Lockwood, libretto by Maria Fusco and improvisational vocal work by Héloïse Werner.

This intersectional, intergenerational feminist work forefronts working-class women’s voices to ask: who has the right to speak, and in what way? Layering sociological, cultural, and political themes from the recent history of Northern Ireland, the work exercises voice, breath and field-recording composition through a range of film techniques and operatic articulations, to amplify marginalised stories.

Made on 35mm and video in the streets of Belfast, the Ulster Museum and the Royal Opera House in London, History of the Present observes how defensive architecture defines movement to enforce intersectional histories and entities within daily experiences in conflict and post-conflict zones on an international level.

(2023, UK, 46mins, DCP).


Taking place from Thursday 25 - Sunday 28 April 2024, Bristol New Music is a city-wide festival of contemporary music and sound.

For the full programme and further information, visit www.bristolnewmusic.org