The team behind Deep Time

You are here

Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time
Created by 59 Productions. Music by Mogwai.
Commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival.
Presented by Edinburgh International Festival and 59 Productions.
In association with the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle.
Projectors and Media Servers supplied by Blue-i Theatre Technology Ltd in partnership with mclcreate.
Supported by Event Scotland

Special thanks to NCP and Saltire Court

Edinburgh International Festival is supported by City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland.

Geological and historical images supplied by Edinburgh University Library and the Cockburn Geological Museum.      
© The University of Edinburgh

Digital images of John Clerk of Eldin’s drawings for "James Hutton's Theory of the Earth”
All © Sir Robert Clerk of Penicuik
Further images provided by City of Edinburgh Council – Libraries and the National Galleries of Scotland.

Music by Mogwai
‘Rano Pano’, ‘Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix)’, ‘Remurdered’ and ‘Deesh’, licensed with thanks to Rock Action Recordings Ltd, Tomorrows Hits Publishing and Kobalt.
‘I Know You Are But What Am I’ licensed with thanks to [PIAS] Recordings (UK) Limited and BMG

Quotes provided by Tim Robinson, Stones of Arran, The Lilliput Press and Ted Hughes, Tales from Ovid, Faber and Faber Ltd'

Edinburgh International Festival

The Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. With a deep commitment to virtuosity and originality the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August.

Over the course of the year, the International Festival team travels the world to bring together an unrivalled programme of the most exciting and creative artists working today. Together, we present unique collaborations, world premieres, new interpretations on classic works, critically acclaimed productions and more – that thrill, move, excite and entertain audiences from around the world. All in one place, right here in Scotland.

One of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities, Scotland’s capital is transformed into a rich, bubbling melting pot of creative talent, where every day and night offers exciting possibilities to make new discoveries or catch some of the biggest names in the performing arts on stages and in concert halls across the city.

We are committed to enriching people’s lives through the arts and contribute to the cultural and social life of the City of Edinburgh and of Scotland. Our programmes of community engagement, professional development and creative learning for young people run throughout the year, reaching the widest possible audiences.

Compelling, exciting and often surprising, the International Festival is, quite simply, an unmissable experience.

Standard Life

Standard Life is a global company, proud of its Scottish roots. The company has been helping people invest and manage their money since it was founded in Edinburgh in 1825. While the first customers and employees were in Scotland in the early 19th century, Standard Life established operations in places such as Canada, India and China early on in its existence.

Many inspiring, pioneering people, past and present, make Standard Life the company it is today. As a company it has always looked to the future, which has often meant entering new territories and building new markets around the world. Today, around 4.5 million customers and clients across 46 countries trust Standard Life with their financial future as a result of its unique investment philosophy and commitment to excellence. The company also supports over 25 million customers through Indian and Chinese associate and joint-venture businesses.

Standard Life is proud of its heritage and its forward-looking and innovative approach, which enables it to adapt to the changing financial environment and to continue to help invest in a better future for everyone.

Standard Life chooses partners and events that reflect its brand and global ambition. That’s why it is partnering with the International Festival on this world-class, pioneering event, Standard Life Opening Event: Deep Time.

59 Productions

59 Productions is the multi award-winning company of artists behind the video design of the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Tony Award-winning An American in Paris currently running on Broadway, globe-trotting smash hit War Horse, and record-breaking V& A David Bowie is exhibition. 59 Productions combine technology and art to tell amazing stories. Led by Creative Directors Leo Warner, Mark Grimmer, Lysander Ashton, Richard Slaney and Ben Pearcy, they are world leaders specialising in design for stage and live events. Since 2006, 59 Productions has mounted more than 120 productions across the world at venues including the National Theatre, Royal Court, Young Vic, the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and New York’s Metropolitan Opera as well as at theatre festivals in Salzburg, Berlin and Avignon. Earlier this year, 59 Productions became Associate Artists of the Edinburgh International Festival for a three-year tenure from 2016-2018. 


EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland.

The event also forms part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, which will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.  The year will showcase Scotland’s position as an ‘innovation nation’, its outstanding built heritage, and its internationally acclaimed creative industries sector.  

Paul Bush OBE, Visit Scotland’s Director of Events, said: ‘Following the huge success of The Harmonium Project in 2015, we are delighted that the Edinburgh International Festival has secured Standard Life as title sponsor for this year’s opening event, Deep Time. Supported through initial investment from EventScotland’s International Programme and other partner agencies, the International Festival has been able to develop these fantastic events, which now have secured a partner of global standing. Encompassing Edinburgh’s earliest origins right up to the present day, Deep Time will touch upon many of the key themes of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and bring together the skills and expertise which demonstrate why Scotland is the perfect stage for events’. 

University of Edinburgh

Established in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and regularly ranks among the top 50 universities in the world. The University is an Edinburgh International Festival partner and proudly provides cutting-edge expertise and knowledge to help create one of the world’s greatest celebrations of the arts.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is managed by Historic Scotland.  As of the 1st October 2015, Historic Scotland and RCAHMS came together to form a new lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. The new body Historic Environment Scotland (HES) leads on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time. Historic Scotland is a sub brand of Scotland’s new public heritage body, Historic Environment Scotland

Blue-i Theatre Technology & mclcreate

Blue-i Theatre Technology, the latest division of Blue-i Event Technology, is a leading supplier in video equipment rental to theatre and the arts across the UK and Worldwide. Teaming up with mclcreate Blue-i will be supplying the d3 media Server Package, video distribution and, in conjunction with mclcreate, 42 Panasonic PT-DZ21K projectors.

Ed Cooper of blue-I Theatre Technology said: ‘We are delighted to be able to support both the Edinburgh International Festival’s and close friends 59 Productions Deep Time for what promises to be a spectacular event’.