The nico Project
Director: Sarah Frankcom
Writer: E V Crowe
Composer: Anna Clyne
Design: Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Design: Paule Constable
Sound Design: Helen Atkinson
Photography and film: Joseph Lynn
Survivor: Muse. Creator. Destroyer.
The Nico Project is inspired by her stark, bleak and beautiful 1968 album The Marble Index. Ignored on its original release, the album is now rightly regarded as one of the defining masterpieces of 1960s counterculture. Directed by Sarah Frankcom and co-created by Maxine Peake, with text by award-winning playwright EV Crowe and music by acclaimed composer Anna Clyne. The Nico Project brought us closer to the ghosts that haunted Nico and the devastating past that shaped her and celebrates the potency of female creativity in a field dominated by men.
With rigorous physical training and exploration the orchestra and I developed a unique physical language where they were ghosts, prophets, mirrors, and enablers to Maxine Peake’s Nico.