Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Music and movement at Conway Hall

Music in Motion
Music in Motion
John Landor's Music in Motion project is returning to the Conway Hall. Following the striking performance of Janacek's String quartet no. 1 'Kreuzter sonata' last May (see my review) by the Gildas Quartet, there will be a group of Music in Motion performances at the hall on Saturday 28 October and Tuesday 31 October. 

So what is Music in Motion?

These are immersive performances where the performers surround and envelop the audience using movement to dramatise the music. Not dance, choreographed to the music, but the performers themselves moving and creating the drama as part of the musical argument.

For the performances on 28 and 31 October the Gildas Quartet will be joined by the newly-formed Music-in-Motion Ensemble to present a programme which includes Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 3, Vivaldi's Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro, Arvo Pärt's Fratres, Janacek's String Quartet No 1 'The Kreutzer Sonata', Purcell's Chacony, and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro.

The audience can sit on chairs or the floor, stand or move around, lie down on the floor (cushions and mats provided).  I have seen two Music in Motion performances, and it is a remarkable way to experience the music.

Further details from the London Musical Arts website.

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