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Rowland Hill and Jack Sheen are a girl-boy artist duo whose work amalgamates existing material into long-duration performances. Their new piece, Opera, borrows from one of history’s most particular yet vague cultural oddities, pirouetting along the lines of performance and sculptural installation. Combining physical and sonic gestures derived from the generic narrative tropes of the genre, Opera will neutralise, romanticise and spin out these traits into a fresh, hyperactive ecology.

Rowland Hill (b.1989, Scorpio) is an artist based in Manchester working across performance, moving image and sound. Using playful methods, her work investigates the ways in which power operates on and through the body. She frequently works both as a solo performer and through co-creative processes with others. In 2017 she was awarded the Clare Winsten Memorial Award from The Slade in London, where she recently graduated with a Masters in Fine Art. Rowland is also the founder and co-director of Video Jam, an award winning platform described as ‘leading audiovisual masterminds’ (Time Out) dedicated to curating, commissioning and presenting moving image works with live sound.

Jack Sheen (b. 1993, Aries) is a conductor and composer from Manchester. 2019 saw him receive a Jerwood Fellowship with Manchester International Festival, a Tanglewood Conducting Fellowship, and become the first ever composer to be awarded a Carne Fellowship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. He recently completed a two-year Junior Fellowship in Conducting at the RNCM with Sir Mark Elder. Equally at home within internationally established and grass-roots activity, Jack's music encompasses concert works and performance installations. His work has been commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Aurora Orchestra, Aldeburgh Festival, BBC Young Artists Day, and EXAUDI, amongst others. Jack is one of the curators behind London Contemporary Music Festival (‘the capital’s most adventurous and ambitious festival of new music’ The Guardian, ‘London’s most important festival’, The Wire).

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Part of the Interruptions programme of events at The Holden Gallery.