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A blog from our Health and Science Producer

Sound and Vision

This week at Contact we’re thinking a lot about grief. We’re lucky to be hosting the Manchester premiere of A Home for Grief, Fabiola Santana’s sound-walk and installation which gathers together stories of loss and healing from women across the North West.

Reviewers from the press came to see the show this week – it was our first press event in the Contact building since we closed for redevelopment more than three years ago. They told us:

“There could not be a more apt presentation taking place in Manchester right now, at Manchester’s Contact Theatre. It’s deep, it’s profound and deeply personal” StageyLady

“A study in quiet reflection…an opportunity to slow your pace, look around and above and just be. An emotional but incredibly comforting experience” Live Art Alive

The show runs this week from Thursday 29th until Saturday 31st July – while many slots are fully booked, we do have a few tickets still available.

Meanwhile, artists Charlotte Barber and Anthony Briggs are working in Space 4, exploring the theme of ambiguous grief through performance, sound, music, and interactive projection mapping. How do we deal with the loss of things in our lives when there’s no ritual available to help us? What is the language of loss?

A lot of us have experienced loss over the past year. As these artists reflect on grief, they’re also thinking about healing, care, and hope. Next week, we’ll continue to celebrate those things when we host the So Many Beauties collective for a music recital live-streamed from Space 0 (5th August from 6-7.15pm). As part of South Asian History Month, musicians from the North West will play the music they’ve created in collaboration with frontline NHS staff and older people in the wider community.

You can find out more information about So Many Beauties, and register for free tickets for the online performance, here.

It’s brilliant to have the building full of artists bringing their sound and vision to Contact. Whether we welcome you in person this week, or you join us online for some amazing music next week, we would love to see you.