No Man’s Land is an 80-minute live cinematic concert. Uniquely filmed performances are projected alongside seven exhilarating on-stage musicians. All musicians, live and virtual, perform as one epic global orchestra. Never before seen on such a scale, this mind blowing orchestra delivers a truly ground-breaking live cinematic performance and is described as one of the centerpieces of World War One commemoration. Acclaimed New Zealand composer John Psathas brings together a stunning 7-piece international ensemble with 150 on screen musicians descended from opposing forces of the great war. Filmed on significant battlefields around the world these collaborations deliver a phenomenal performance of visual and musical expression.

We now wage war on our own species. But even at our worst, humanity and empathy continue to survive. No Man’s Land is, above all else, an unashamed commitment to optimism and is a statement to nations who currently find themselves at war. Peace is possible.

 

 

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER

“Why musicians travelling in the footsteps of soldiers 100 years ago? If we could go back in time and say to those on the battlefields “guess what happens here in 100 years” – would they believe us? If we said the same thing to those fighting now, would they believe us? Would we believe ourselves? We now wage war on our own species. But even at our worst, humanity and empathy continue to survive. Our story culminates in acts of kindness: soldiers from opposing sides, ‘enemies’, offering each other water, a cigarette, a shoulder to lean on. Even – incredibly – in what is surely one of the most bizarre and dangerous inventions of the human mind: a place called no man’s land.”

John Psathas - Composer

 

 
 

STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

It was a pleasure to sing for the wonderful film.  As many Indian soldiers participated in the war it was decided that my part would be live recorded at the magnificent Fort of Gwalior. Coincidentally I got an invitation to an exhibition of WWI. The heartrending pictures of death and destruction and of the warriors from all over the world including India gave me the food for thought of what I should...
— Meeta Pandit
No Man’s Land draws on and commemorates the shared history or World War I, realised through a new composition by John Psathas in collaboration with contemporary musicians from many affected countries. The film alongside live performance, and audio visual and technological aspect brought the work firmly into the 21st century, as an innovative and moving stage production...
— Hayden Chisholm
Կեանքը մէջերնիս որոնում է
Տաք արիւնի հանդէս,
Մահը մեզի մօտեցնում է
Էութիան սեմի վայ Աստուած։
Դրախտ և դժոխք այս կեանքն է
Մարդկութիւն հաւերժ կորած,
Մանուկի դէմքին ամբիծ սէրը
Հաղթանակն է մեր ճամբան։
— Serj Tankian
Every time that John Psathas asks you to work with him in a project, you firstly have to say yes and secondly ask what is this about. That is because you are sure from the very beginning that you are going to deal with something of a great artistic depth. But no matter how well you know him and his music, I think that none of us could really imagine how powerful would be the experience...
— Sofia Labropoulou
Park Road was approached by John and the other filmmakers to join this project early on in it’s development.  They had travelled to some of the locations around the world and played us down some of the footage while explaining the concept and their vision. We immediately felt it was a fitting project to commemorate the significance of WWI and did not hesitate to commit...
— Park Road Post
Something incredible in the common voice of music, is that, without even knowing we can break down walls, social and religious boundaries, and expectations, we can break down and strip away negative feelings and emotions, and we can for a brief moment embrace and enjoy the uniqueness of what makes us human. Our spiritual greater meaning and or understanding...
— Iraia Whakomoe
ليش حرب قتل الانسان انا جيت هون حتى طالب بالسلام x2
عن شو بدي احكي عن شو بدي اشكي
كيف بدي عبر موت صار ببلدي
الحرب موت شجع فجع
مافي ولا طرف بنصيبو مرة اقتنع
انطبع الحقد بقلوبكم الكره بعيونكم الطائفية بشعوركم
لما الحرب فتت انا عرفت انو الوضع زفت
اكيد اندمت لما شفت بنت عم تموت بنفس الوقت
— Refugees of Rap
I will never forgot the experiences I had filming this project, from being in the largest First World War graveyard at Verdun at 3am spending all night surrounded by hundreds of thousands of gravesites as we were filming time-lapse of the stars turning over these eerie graves, or the culmination of our journey across Europe as the numbers of battlefield dead rose to incomprehensible...
— Matthew Knight
No Man’s Land draws on and commemorates the shared history or World War I, realised through a new composition by John Psathas in collaboration with contemporary musicians from many affected countries. The film alongside live performance, and audio visual and technological aspect brought the work firmly into the 21st century, as an innovative and moving stage production...
— Drew James
 
 

READ THE LIVE SHOW REVIEWS

…I just want to say the experience is still so ‘present’ and it is a wonderful work. The capacity/willingness of the onstage performers to be present, to be inside this work was just beautiful to experience. There is something curious about the transporting or transcending element within music that is possible that you gave us. You were able to touch the place of ‘telling’ what you were ‘hearing’ in the ‘place’ that was linking you all. Finally, you reminded me there are many ways tomake a stand for peace and unity. Embodying it through music is a powerful one.
— Audience member 12th March 2016
I can barely begin to tell you what an incredible experience you have created. I loved every note - every image - every part of the story you told. The way the musicians created family through their universal language of music took my breath away. I was moved and mesmerized in a way I haven’t been for so very long.
— Audience member 8th March 2016
The capacity/willingness of the on stage performers to be present, to be inside this work was just beautiful to experience. There is something curious about the transporting or transcending element within music that is possible that you gave us. You were able to touch the place of ‘telling’ what you were ‘hearing’ in the ‘place’ that was linking you all. Finally, you reminded me there are many ways to make a stand for peace and unity. Embodying it through music is a powerful one.
— Audience member 19th March 2016
Amazing No man’s land show tonight!!! Truly inspiring! So moved by the whole experience... so much emotion framed by very beautiful music... Thank you for your vision and for your commitment to bring it to life. I know you have an amazing team who made it all possible! Great people! Big thanks and lots of love to all of them!
— Audience member 4th March 2016

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