Dear Esther Live


live version of the 2012 video game soundtrack - for voice, piano, string quartet and electronics
Electronics with Live Performers, Silent Film, Video Game
Jessica Curry
solo voice - pno - 2 vln.vla.vlc - electronics
First Performance
FP: 14.10.2016, Milton Court, Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London, United Kingdom): Oliver Dimsdale, James Morgan

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A deserted landscape, memories of a fatal crash, a book written by a dying explorer – explore an island shrouded in mystery in this live performance of videogame Dear Esther.
Starting on a small beach, with only a brooding cliffs and a small lighthouse in view, BAFTA-nominated narrator Oliver Dimsdale takes you through the game, journeying from the desolate Hebridean island to a car crash on the M5, a crisis of faith of a guilty heart, the lost shores of a dreamed shoreline and a final ascent through the waters of madness to the release of flight. With the playthrough of the game on-screen accompanied by live narration and a live performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score, the story is brought to life here as never before.
Originally released in 2012, Dear Esther quickly gained critical acclaim for abandoning traditional gameplay in favour of atmosphere, rich storytelling and extraordinary art, proving videogames are capable of the same musical, narrative and artistic expression as film, literature and classical music. Curve Digital have released enhanced PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Dear Esther this autumn to coincide with this new live event.
Dear Esther Live premiered to a sold out crowd at Milton Court Hall at The Barbican in October 2016 and will tour the UK in 2017.

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