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CIRCA:

Your fourth film for the CIRCA commission is entitled ‘Chorus’, can you tell us what led you to this title?

EMMA TALBOT:

As the fourth of the animations, Chorus brings a group of people out onto the streets, joining together to call out against toxic systems. It describes the time we live in and the hopefulness that is in the will to effect change. The figures are resisting their own experience of living in a threatening world, being isolated on an ‘island of grief’. They are also guided by visionaries in the form of singing birds with women’s heads. This birdlike figure was based on an idea of Hildegard Von Bingen and her voice calling through time, to encourage people to articulate their visions. The animation is a celebration of the multitude, the many different voices that come together to effect change.