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A declaration of love for the human voice and fragility of life.


A THOUSAND TONGUES is a concert and a theatrical performance. It is an eruption of visual born from sound, and a tapestry of traditional music from all over the world, performed and conceived 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, Iceland, Greece, Mongolia, 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 multidimensional landscape, offering herself as a vessel and resonating chamber to the public.

A THOUSAND TONGUES was originally presented at the Theatre Olympics in Wroclaw in Poland in connection with the European Capital of Culture 2016, co-produced by Source Material and The Grotowski Institute.

Nominated for Best Original Piece and Best Lighting at the Icelandic Theatre Awards Gríman 2018.

Original cast:

Performed by Nini Julia Bang (DK)

Idea and concept by Nini Julia Bang (DK)

Directed by Samantha Shay (US)

Lighting design by Nicole Pearce (US)

Dramaturgical consultant by Jaroslaw Fret (PL)

Technical support by  Maciej Madry (PL)

Sound engineering by Paul Evans (UK)

Assistant Directing by Valerie McCann (UK)

Assistant Lighting Design by Kate Ashton (US)

Produced by Source Material Collective (US), The Grotowski Institute (PL) and Nini Julia Bang (DK)

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