Optical Identity
Contemporary Music Theatre Production
Theatre Cryptic (Glagow) and T'ang Quartet (Singapore)

Optical Identity premiered in Singapore on 31st May – 2nd June 2007 at the

Singapore Arts Festival followed by performances at the
Edinburgh International Festival (31st Aug-1st Sept 2007)
Alicante International Music Festival (29th Sept 2007)
Scottish Tour (24th Oct – 10th Nov 2007)

photography © Eamonn McGoldrick
Optical Identity
A ravishing musical journey

A daring work that combines chamber music repertoire with new music and visuals; creating music to be looked at… not just listened to.

“flashes of inspired synchronicity that fired the senses into overdrive, even euphoria.”
The Scotsman

Optical Identity features some of the best contemporary music from across the globe; Kevin Volans’ White Man Sleeps with its South African influence; Franghiz Ali Zadeh’s Mugam Sayagi focusing on a secret 16th century Islamic language, Rolf Wallin’s Phonotope I exploring the Chinese elements and Manual Override, a commission from Joby Talbot, best known for his work with The Divine Comedy, and as collaborator with Wayne McGregor in the award-winning Chroma.

“the piece provides a wonderful platform for the talents of the T'ang Quartet and for the stylish visual aesthetic of Theatre Cryptic.”
The Daily Telegraph

Director, Cathie Boyd, has selected a creative team of artists from across the globe to collaborate on this work. Furniture designer, Jason Ong of Jienshu and fashion design house, BAYLENE, make their stage debuts in these performances. Visuals are created by Swiss digital artist Jasch and Singapore based production house Reel Loco with lighting design by UK based lighting designer Nich Smith

“Theatre Cryptic’s work … sensuous, imaginative and sumptuously visual,
an extraordinary and innovative company.”
The Times
Optical Identity content © 2007 / 2010 Jasch
Optical Identity Stage View © 2007 / 2010 Jasch – Music and Video used by permission
Optical Identity :: 4 pieces - Vimeo by Cathy Boid
Optical Identity :: 4 pieces - Vimeo by Cyrptic
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