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Nothing you believe is true

Sun 2 Jul and Sun 9 Jul 2017

Hull | London


“Democracy is an illusion; gender is an illusion.” This anarchic ‘party political broadcast’ takes an unforgiving view of modern society, first performed two days after the 2015 General Election and now reworked for the New Music Biennial 2017. Tackling themes of power, greed, emotion and sexuality, Philip Venables’ brash musical style combines with David Hoyle’s vibrant, direct and uncompromising performance art to startling effect.

Philip Venables Illusions (2015)(world premiere of reworked version)

David Hoyle performance artist on video
Richard Baker conductor
London Sinfonietta

A brilliant, extreme work that grips like a vice and won’t let go " The Guardian on London Sinfonietta’s world premiere of Illusions, 2015
This piece contains violent imagery and drug references
Suitable for ages 18+ only
A Blue Touch Paper project, in which we light the fuse of new work with different art forms in alternative spaces.
Illusions is part of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Biennial which is run in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture, BBC Radio 3, Southbank Centre and supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland, The John S Cohen Foundation, the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, The Finzi Trust, RVW Trust, The Bliss Trust and NMC Recordings.

With the friendly support of

ernst von siemens music foundation


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  • Free, ticket required

    Venue: (view map)

    54 Anlaby Road
    HU3 2SB

  • Free, ticket required

    Venue: (view map)

    Royal Festival Hall
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Road
    SE1 8XX

    Box Office No:
    0207 960 4200