A Thousand Tongues

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A Thousand Tongues

A Thousand Tongues began as a concert, eruption of visual born from sound, and a tapestry of traditional music from all over the world, performed by Nini Julia Bang as a solo performance. In ten different languages, Bang traverses music that spans her several year travels from Iran, Norway, Spain, Greece, Malaysia, Mongolia, Bulgaria, and Georgia. Both a celebration of cross cultural expression, spanning from Icelandic lullabies to the Quran, and a deeply personal interrogation of Bang’s own life experiences, A Thousand Tongues is a visual and sonic resonating chamber, exploring isolation, the unknown, vulnerability, and the veil between this world and the other. With a pristine, oceanic, sparse, symbolic visual landscape created in service of, and inspired by the sound of Nini’s voice by Director Samantha Shay, Nini traverses, is enveloped, and thrashes against a multi dimensional landscape, offering herself as a vessel and resonating chamber to the public.

A Thousand Tongues premiered as part of the Theatre Olympics and European Capital of Culture 2016 Wroclaw, in a co-production between Source Material and the Grotowski Institute. Since the premier, the piece has toured to Sweden and Iceland, and was nominated for two Icelandic Theatre Awards (GRIMAN) for Best Lighting Design (Nicole Pearce), and Most Innovative Performance.

In 2018, Source Material released a six track EP under the same title, featuring interpretations of traditional music, in which Bang collaborated with several different composers, including Sóley, Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, Kira Kira, and JFDR. The EP can be bought here, and streamed on all major streaming platforms.