The Other Side Of The Sea
The Other Side Of The Sea is a new one-woman opera about language, memory and identity. Inspired by Héloïse’s experience of adopting English as a second language, it uses the central metaphor of the sea to explore the tension of an identity split linguistically, in this case between French and English. This unconventional piece layers poetry, music, and moving images to articulate the way the mind retains fragments of text, image, and sound at different levels of consciousness.
The project is generously supported by the Michael Cuddigan Trust and was developed during a Snape Maltings residency under the mentorship of cellist and composer Zoë Martlew.
Héloïse Werner, performer / composer
Octavia Bright, writer
Emily Burns, director
Jessie Rodger, filmmaker
Previous praise for Héloïse Werner:
“sombre and powerful, it’s a tour de force for its sole performer, the 25-year-old soprano Héloïse Werner, a rising figure on the contemporary music scene. (…) she makes great use of her considerable vocal and acting range” ★★★★ The Stage
“I was particularly struck by (…) the intensity of the young soprano Héloïse Werner” The Times
“its exacting vocal lines were delivered with considerable intensity by soprano Héloïse Werner” The Guardian
“projected with wry wit by soprano Héloïse Werner” Evening Standard
“wow (…) very powerful performance” Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3
“Werner’s impassioned and masterful performance (…) superbly performed” The Upcoming