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Thursday 23 November 2023   |   8:00pm
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From the Glasshouse: CHAINES and Liza Bec present CRYSTALQUEER

From the Glasshouse

From the Glasshouse: CHAINES and Liza Bec present CRYSTALQUEER

Part of From The Glasshouse

Sage Two

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Progressive. Multisensory. Liberated queer genius.

A From the Glasshouse special featuring the spectacular world premiere of CRYSTALQUEER, a collaborative audiovisual commission from Liza Bec and CHAINES.


Queer Crystals Evolve, Live!
Watch! Listen! Be Transformed!
Existing as a point of light
A grain of salt in endless white
Nestled by the river Tyne,
Forged in fire,
Flung through time,
Angles shifting,
Light refracting
Lens expand and lens contracting
Sound and vision’s quantum glory
The root of all; the queerest story.

Should geometry define who you are when it’s so changeable? Or should it be the way the light passes through you?

Part cyborg concert, part audiovisual installation, part video game, this is the premiere of a cutting-edge electronic work by two composer-performers with firsthand experience of life beyond the gender binary. CRYSTALQUEER’s electronic sounds and visuals are inspired by the evolution of the Gateshead riverside from flat mediaeval salt meadow to modern ten sided concert hall.

Be subsumed in this unique live performance experience in surround sound as Liza’s roborecorder and Cee’s electronically enhanced flute transform the unique space of Sage 2 into a celebration of queer crystals. Expect edgy, dark synths, dirty bass, abstract fragments of spoken word and soaring melodic lines lit up by original sound responsive video game style visuals. Come and be inspired by the beauty of moving beyond binary restrictions towards multidimensional freedom.

Need to know

Price: Pay what you decide

Running Time: Announced nearer showtime.

Age: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet the artists

Liza Bec

Liza Bec

Liza is an award winning, innovative contemporary performer, composer, producer, lyricist, and multimedia narrative author.

They’ve built their own instrument, the roborecorder, which is on display in the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry and their work has been featured in New Scientist and Insider magazines.

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CHAINES (Cee Haines) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist based in the Greater Manchester area, who writes surreal and fantastical music. They work in a wide range of musical genres and contexts. CHAINES premiered an arrangement of 90s gaming music entitled ‘Tribute to Pokémon, Ecco and Secret of Mana’ for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms’ first ever Gaming Prom (2022).

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Plan your visit


Thursday 23 November 2023


Sage Two