News: Hetain Patel & Amy May's DON'T LOOK

Monday 24 September 2018

Hetain Patel & Amy May's DON'T LOOK

Sadler’s Wells & Rich Mix present a collaboration between visual artist Hetain Patel and composer and instrumentalist Amy May at Rich Mix in Shoreditch on 4 & 5 October.

A hugely original collision of film, performance and live music, featuring a nine-piece vocal and instrumental ensemble, Don’t Look is a playful and subversive journey into image, identity, language and love in contemporary Britain.

Patel’s mesmerising films take inspiration from Tarantino, Bruce Lee and contemporary dance, and tell his own story of life as a young British Asian man in 21st-century England.

The Jump was filmed in Patel’s grandmother’s house with 17 family members, while Don’t Look at the Finger – here getting its London premiere – pitches man against woman at a wedding like no other. Combined with live music from Amy May and her nine-piece ensemble, mixing everything from Hollywood-style scores to Gujarati rap, Don’t Look crosses genres and defies categorisation.

Bolton-born and London-based, Hetain Patel is a visual artist and performance maker whose work shifts between cultures, media and contexts. His films, sculptures and live performances have been presented globally, from Tate Modern and Sadler’s Wells (where Patel is a New Wave Associate), to Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai and Ullens Centre of Contemporary Art, Beijing. Online, his videos have been viewed over 30 million times, including his TED Talk of 2013 titled Who Am I? Think Again.

Amy May is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, playing for a variety of bands, orchestras and ensembles. May is principal violist with the Heritage Orchestra and violin/violist for the West End production of the multiple Grammy-award-winning Hamilton. She writes music for adverts, films and television, and has written and released four albums with her band, Paris Motel.

Hetain Patel said:

“I’ve been wanting to do a live music event like this for a long time. Amy’s stunning soundtrack on my recent film, Don’t Look at the Finger is something everyone remembers. I’m giddy with excitement at the prospect of her scoring my other short films. I can’t wait to present these films spanning 10 years, all threaded together with Amy’s complexly emotive music played live.”

Don’t Look is at Rich Mix on 4 & 5 October. To get £10 tickets (plus booking fee), quote ‘DOLOOK’ when booking online, by phone or in person.

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