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Science, Love and Revolution – Lahti Fringe

Lahti Fringe Festival presents
SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION
Spoken word
Venue: Pikkuteatteri: Loviisankatu 8
Free to enter – voluntary collection at end of show
Language: English
Length: 60 minutes
Thursday 5 Sept @21:00 hrs
London, UK and BBC Slam Poetry champion David Lee Morgan spits rhythm, rhyme and intense lyrics over music tracks composed by Michael Harding of Animat.
 “Is it all over? What’s left of the communist ideal, now that the great revolutions of the last century have been defeated?
Science, Love and Revolution features spoken word pieces developed through performance on the London spoken word scene over the years immediately following the Arab Spring. London attracts people from all over the UK and from all over the world, different poetic traditions, musical traditions, different philosophies, religions and politics. The spoken word scene became a forum, kind of an international university – and a wake up call for me. I felt challenged to think about my deepest beliefs.
Science, Love and Revolution is from a trilogy of shows first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All three shows have been published by STAIRWELL BOOKS, under the title: The River was a God http://usshop.stairwellbooks.co.uk/USBookshop/usbookshop_3.html 
David Lee Morgan was born in Berlin, grew up around Seattle, and for the last thirty years has been based in London, England, travelling all over the northern hemisphere as a performing poet and musician. He was the first Western street musician to tour East Germany and Poland in the year before the Berlin wall came down. He has won numerous slam poetry competitions, including the London, UK, and BBC Slam Poetry Championships. He has featured at many poetry festivals and events including StAnza (Scotland), Lingo (Dublin), the Seattle Folk Arts Festival, and the Isle of Wight Festival, where he opened for Fleetwood Mac (sadly, not on the same stage). He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.
Michael Harding, who composed and produced the music for the show, is known for his work in the duo, Animat, which has released music on the Big Chill, Dubmission and Bloodsugar labels and has appeared on numerous compilations. It has remixed tracks for Pitch Black, Banco de Gaia and Deep Dive Corp, and their music has appeared in multimedia projects at Tate Britain and New York’s Leverhouse Gallery. Animat appears regularly at arthouse cinemas, festivals and other venues across the UK with their unique ‘soundtracking’ interpretations of weird and wonderful films. Michael Harding was also the main songwriter, co-vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in cult independent band 1000 Mexicans.
REVIEWS of Science, Love and Revolution:
TIME OUT LONDON ***** I am awed by Morgan’s passion, his humorous yet enraged intellectual appraisal… An energetic, clever, passionate survey of human life.
THE SCOTSMAN **** One of those rare, passionate performances… bristling with energy and interesting ideas. If you want a bracing crash course in how to “read history… with a f***ing blowtorch,” look no further. A driving score by Michael Harding manages to complement the text without competing with it. LITRO ARTS MAGAZINE He was brilliant. I’ve never seen someone transform so powerfully and fully…. He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment. What he says is radical, is political, but it’s also wise.