ERRATICA is a London-based company that creates music-driven theatre centred on the voice. Directed by Patrick Eakin Young, at the heart of ERRATICA’s work is an exploration of polyphonic storytelling, through the juxtaposition of different media, texts and musical styles, and a desire to use music to explore new, emotionally powerful narratives.
ERRATICA regularly presents work at the Print Room Theatre in London, including: Toujours et Près de Moi (2012) a holographic puppet opera combining physical theatre, a digital Pepper’s Ghost illusion, Renaissance madrigals and contemporary vocal music; and Triptych (2014) which combines live and recorded voices, live manipulated samples and a mixture of a cappella vocal styles, in three original pieces by composers Christian Mason, Thomas Smetryns, and Chris Mayo.
La Celestina (2015), ERRATICA’s largest project to date, was an installation opera commissioned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art for its 16th-century Vélez Blanco patio. Created in collaboration with Chicago-based puppet company Manual Cinema, the piece used an immersive, 12-speaker array, projected shadow puppetry and a score of fragmented and recomposed Spanish vocal music to recount the events of Fernando de Rojas’s eponymous tragicomedy.
ERRATICA’s next major piece, Remnants, is a visual and musical rumination on the legacy of violence in the Balkans, combining documentary testimony with traditional vocal music from the region and deep bass electronics. It will premiere at the Print Room in London in 2017. Also in development is FOR AMUSEMENT ONLY: an interactive pinball dance installation in collaboration with New York choreographer Andrea Miller, slated to premiere at Dance Umbrella London in 2018.