View contemporary composer Judith Weir’s video for The Sleeping-Mat Ballad, a song about the 2014 Hong Kong ‘umbrella revolution’
The ingenious contemporary composer Judith Weir once wrote an epic opera about the 11th century Norwegian army, which lasts ten minutes (possibly the shortest opera ever).
She heard that the 2014 Hong Kong protesters – fighting for civil liberties that were under threat from the Communist Party government – had been weaving mats to sleep on during their stand-off with police. Theirs became known as the ‘umbrella revolution’ and lasted 11 weeks. The protesters’ fragile, DIY environment provided the spark of inspiration for her song The Sleeping-Mat Ballad, written for the project Occupation: Five songs that shook the world, and for this remarkable video.