55°N, 5°E

Published: Thursday 5th October 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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A new music and contemporary movement piece based on the story of the Dogger Bank Incident, 1904

55°N, 5°E, a new music and contemporary movement piece written by electronic artist Vanishing and based upon the story of The Dogger Bank Incident or Russian Outrage of 1904. On October 21st 1904, three fishermen of the Gamecock trawling fleet were killed at sea by the Russian Navy, who fired upon the trawlers after mistaking them for Japanese ships.

The incident led to significant diplomatic conflict between Russia and the UK and left a community angered and in mourning. A memorial statue to the men, in the likeness of skipper George Henry Smith stands on Hessle Road.

The performance of this striking music and dance piece, will take place over two nights on the 113th anniversary of the incident at Stage@TheDock, Hull, an amphitheatre with panoramic views over the river Humber, sitting on the gateway into the city which the trawlers passed in 1904. 55°N, 5°E is supported by Arts Council England, Hull City Council and The Sir James Reckitt Charity.

Vanishing is the electronic and spoken word project of Hull native Gareth Smith, the great grandson of skipper George Henry Smith, killed in 1904. Vanishing’s debut album was released in April 2017:

‘Smith’s words exit him like ten thousand cubic metres of silt, suspended in the garbage rich, caramel brown waters of the Humber’ – John Doran, The Quietus. Number 22 in 2017’s albums of the year

‘A record which fits into a space where there was previously a void’ – Wes Foster, Now Then

‘An outlet for the anxieties that these dark times in which we live give rise to’ – The Book of Lies

Vanishing take their live show to No Bounds Festival in Sheffield in October and on a European Tour in November culminating in a residency at Rotterdam’s WORM Arts Foundation.

Tickets for the performances on 21 and 22 October can be purchased here.

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Published: Thursday 5th October 2017 by Tom Drinkall

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