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Saturday 31 October 2020


A madness shared by two

Music Emily Hall
Words Sjón
Director Frederic Wake-Walker

Insanity, electricity and love collide in a sonic voyage into the shared psychosis known as ‘folie à deux’, where a delusion is transmitted from one person to another.

A woman is struggling to connect with her lover. He believes that the pylon outside their house has a special power.  His delusion passes on to her and, as sparks fly, their madness takes hold.

Songs are woven together for two singers, an acoustic harp and a specially created electro-magnetic harp in this modern folk tale performed against a backdrop of responsive light and sound.

Part staged performance, part concept album,  Folie à Deux is a lyrical and intense investigation into love and loneliness within a relationship. 

Folie à Deux  is a collaboration between British composer Emily Hall, Icelandic writer Sjón, and brings together classical, electronic and folk sounds. 

Duration: c.50min


A Mahogany Opera Group production

Supported by Arts Council England, Britten–Pears Foundation, Golsoncott Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation, Holst Foundation, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, J Paul Getty Charitable Trust, Leche Trust, Nordic Culture Point, PRS for Music Foundation, RVW Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg's Voluntary Settlement and Sound and Music

Thanks to all those who gave to our crowd-funding campaign, which allowed us to record  Folie à Deux  as an album. You can see these wonderful people listed on our   Folie Generators page

Photos: Johan Persson


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