‘It is true that I never leave my house, but it is also true that its doors (whose numbers are infinite) are open day and night to men and to animals as well.’ From Jorge Luis Borges’ The House of Asterion
Multi-disciplinary artist, Michel van der Aa, has teamed up with The Holland Festival to develop The Book of Sand, a song cycle which audiences can access through an app on their smart phones or tablets or by going online to a website. By switching between different musical and visual layers, viewers can determine their own version of the performance.
“Inspired by the allusions to infinity and the use of mazes and mirrors in the fantastical stories of Jorge Luis Borges, Van der Aa puts you in a space where all places in the world exist simultaneously. A young woman (played by the Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke) collects up sand which is being moved between the film layers by a mysterious machine. Three parallel film layers reveal alternative points of view and introduce new elements to the story, which allows you to choose a new route through the narrative at any point.”
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