Helen Chadwick Song Theatre and Chats Palace present
Dalston Songs – Homerton Sings
Home isn’t a place: it’s a feeling.
We’re all trying to figure out where we belong. For some of us home means a life created in a new country, escaping from a war zone, or arriving from a destroyed homeland. For others, the story is more domestic - leaving the house we grew up in and setting up on our own even if it just a move around the corner in the same neighbourhood.
What’s certain is that home is about roots and displacement and belonging. Above all it’s about where we feel safe: safe enough to be ourselves.
Helen Chadwick’s Dalston Songs – Homerton Sings is a powerful new performance piece about Hackney. Sometimes quirky, often funny it draws on interviews with Helen’s Dalston neighbours and Chats Palace’s Homerton community, their stories forming the basis for lyrics used alongside powerful texts by Serbian, Argentinean, Palestinian, and Turkish poets. The resulting everyday-speech song cycle is a timely work about common-ground in east London’s diverse community. Performed by an international trio of singers and Chats Palace’s new community choir, under the direction of choirmaster, Jon Petter, you’ll never take home for granted again….
Helen Chadwick is a Hackney-based singer, songwriter, composer, performance creator and voice coach, with a background in theatre. Her distinctive work utilises unaccompanied songs to create solo and group performances that are acclaimed around the world. www.helenchadwick.com
Dalston Songs was originally commissioned by Royal Opera House in 2007.
On Dalston Songs (2007/2010)
‘Pierces the heart’ Evening Standard
‘Chadwick…an exquisite find’ The Guardian
‘immaculate a cappella’ Classical Source