More acts announced for Barbican’s double celebration

Since the announcement last month ( May 2011) that the Barbican will present Einstein on the Beach next May, the venue has revealed details of further projects that will form part of its 30th birthday celebrations and London 2012 Festival.

The Barbican will stage a similar production of Desdemona to the 2011 Vienna Festival production

© Vienna Festival. Production of Desdemona

Following on from their critically acclaimed residency in 2010, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JALCO) will return to the Barbican in July 2012 to collaborate on a number of largescale projects.
A highlight of the residency will be the UK premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ new composition Swing Symphony (Symphony No.3), which will be performed by JALCO, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Sir Simon Rattle.
Also headlining the Barbican’s London 2012 Festival activities is new work Desdemona created by Toni Morrison, Peter Sellars and Rokia Traoré, which will also be presented at the Barbican in July 2012.
In response to Peter Sellars’ 2009 Othello, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison and Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traoré collaborate to create an intimate and profound conversation between Shakespeare’s Desdemona and her African nurse, Barbary, from beyond the grave.

The Barbican will present Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3) on 25th and 26th July 2012. Exact dates for Desdemona are still to be confirmed. Groups of 10 or more receive a 20% discount.