Cellist Maja Bugge and Sarah Nicolls, performing on her unique inside-out piano, issue a digital yet immersive wake-up call on the urgency of the climate crisis. Ballad for a changing world combines emotionally-charged music with learning about kittiwakes – birds which are on the move due to climate change – and Maja and Sarah’s attempts to make a show in lockdown. This is a show about adaptation. We learn through conversations with scientists in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK and Tromso, Norway and by viewing the birds, the music and the sometimes hilarious attempts to live-by-zoom.
This piece began its life at Snape Maltings Residencies and receives its UK premiere at Cheltenham, as a co-commission with Arctic Arts Festival in Norway.