Matera 2019

One small gem for Matera, one giant show for humanity. It is 1969 when Neil Armstrong lands on the moon. The whole world is glued to the TV, hands grasping newspapers, the Apollo lands on ground that the poets had only touched in their most visionary dreams.

Fifty years later, every night, a direct line goes from Matera to the same destination: a laser beam is projected from the 'Giuseppe Colombo' Space Geodesy Centre to and measures any changes in the Earth's axis.

Rocco Petrone, director of the entire Apollo programme, was also born on the Lucania (the old name for Basilicata) soil, an extra detail that makes Matera an ideal reference point for investigating space and our link with the stars. From this unique vantage point, and in particular from the Cava del Sole, the Apollo Soundtrack will come to life. Performed in Europe for the first time – and later replicated at the Barbican Centre in London – the audience will experience the emotion and mystery of the Apollo 11 mission with a synaesthesia of visual stimulation and spatial sound. Thanks to the music from Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno performed by Icebreaker and produced by Lumen London Ltd., Wom Live S.L and Musicalista Produzioni the show will feature enlarged NASA images of the day that marked the beginning of a new era and content generated in real time by the Space Geodesy Centrey. This will be an opportunity to bring together present and past, Earth and space, and to explore the marvel of our millennial relationship with the stars.


Icebreaker, United Kingdom
Special guest: Gyda Valtysdottir, Iceland and Roger Eno, United Kingdom



Venue and Date *:

18th July 2019 at Cava del Sole in Matera

(*) Dates and venues may be subject to change
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