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turner slaversJoseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851) The Slave Ship, 1840

Turner Contemporary mark the anniversary of the Zong Massacre with the world premiere of experimental musical work Crossing Over.

The world premiere of Crossing Over by composer and sound artist Emily Peasgood is to be performed by 50 singers, mobile telephones and electronics at Turner Contemporary on Tuesday 29th November 2016 at 4pm.

Marking the anniversary of the mass murder of 133 enslaved African on the slave ship Zong in 1781, which JMW Turner painted in 1840, and inspired in part by John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea, Crossing Over will reference the transatlantic slave trade, the current refugee crisis and the crossing over of migration into the United Kingdom.

Crossing Over explores the theme of ‘home’. The lyrics are inspired by those who cross the sea in search of a new home, the story of a local man who travelled to England as a refugee in 1997, and what home means to each and every one of us. Audiences will be invited to experience Crossing Over blindfolded, to hear but not see this immersive work, which aims to replicating the darkness of travelling at night on a small boat across the ocean, or in the depths of a slave ship......

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