The Earth Asleep: With Live Score
A HOME Manchester Co-Commission
A meditative documentary by visual artist Clara Casian about one of the most powerful earthquakes and tsunami ever recorded, with an original live score by composer Robin Richards.
The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 killed over 15,000 people and caused a nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant – the worst such incident since Chernobyl in 1986.
Casian and Richards travelled to Otsuchi in remote North-East Japan to document and observe the experiences of local residents. From those who lost their homes and fled in cars as the waves surged behind, to the present-day pilgrims who journey to a remote phone booth to speak to the silent spirits of those who have passed on.
The haunting travelogue addresses the ways in which our exposure to extreme live trauma in the form of rolling news and citizen reportage has resulted in an inability to process grief at a manageable, human scale.
Casian and Richards have previously collaborated on Birdsong – Stories from Pripyat, for which they visited Ukraine and the Chernobyl exclusion zone to create a unique exploration of impacted memory upon place.
The Earth Asleep is a HOME Artist Film co-commission supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.
Robin Richards – synthesisers
Brendan Williams – synthesisers, percussion
Margit van der Zwan – cello
Chris Illingworth – piano