Thursday 6 August 2020

these bones, this flesh, this skin: the first of the Scottish Ensemble's Solo Collaborations mixes music, video and dance

João Castro in Joan Clevillé & Martin Suckling's these bones, this flesh, this skin
João Castro in Joan Clevillé & Martin Suckling's these bones, this flesh, this skin
The Scottish Ensemble is launching a series of Solo Collaborations, each of which will be a new short work created in partnership between a composer, a collaborator from another art form and a member of Scottish Ensemble. And the works will give people an experience that would not be possible live, embracing the possibilities of digital technology.

The first Solo Collaboration is these bones, this flesh, this skin, a new work for solo violin and solo dancer from composer Martin Suckling and choreographer Joan Clevillé, artistic director of Scottish Dance Theatre, danced by João Castro (who collaborated on the choreography), performed by violinist Jonathan Morton, artistic director of the Scottish Ensemble, and filmed by Genevieve Reeves.

Three four-minute musical works have been created, and three four-minute choreographed films, and using a bespoke website, the audience is invited to combine different music and visual layers, with up to 21 different variations.

Composer Martin Suckling said: "I wanted to be certain we produced something which wasn’t simply a filmed version of a live performance but rather something which was made to be experienced online and took advantage of the possibilities this opens up. Something which allows the audience to participate in the experience; something which would not be possible 'in real life'."

Trailer: these bones, this flesh, this skin from Scottish Ensemble on Vimeo.

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