Nina Mangalanayagam - Balancing Act (2012) 

I created a new cello piece for the artist Nina Mangalanayagam as accompaniment to her video work 'Balancing Act'. 

"Taking inspiration from historical mapping and the origins of sports rules, Nina Mangalanayagam questions what it means to be in between, to cross physical and mental borders. The accompanying music composed by Oliver Barrett echoes the national anthems from Sweden, Denmark, Sri Lanka and Britain. They hint at Nina’s migratory history while the text reveals personal anecdotes and internal negotiations of cultural hybridity.

Balancing Act is a disorientating experience, questioning the rigidity and arbitrariness of systems we take for granted, the maps and borders, how these may be negotiated and how we might fall between."

View a 30 second extract below.