Friday 27 November 2020

Inspired by a city under lockdown: two new films by rising film-makers featuring new music and dance

Stills from PLAY: Rising © Odera Okoye
Still from PLAY: Rising © Odera Okoye

Two films, inspired by the City of London in lockdown, were released on Culture Mile's YouTube channel yesterday (26 November 2020). The films ​feature London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) musicians, dancers and composers Jasmine Kent Rodgman and Darren Bloom

PLAY: Rising, directed by Antonia Luxem, features violinist Maxine Kwok playing a new piece, Rising, written for this film by composer Darren Bloom, with dancer Marie Astrid Mence filmed on the 34th floor of 100 Bishopsgate.

PLAY: The Spell & The Promise, directed by Lexi Kiddo, features flautist Gareth Davies playing a new piece written for the film by Jasmine Kent Rodgman and inspired by the film location, London Wall Place, next to the Barbican. Dancers Salomé Pressac and Faye Stoeser, choreographed by Harry Price, perform in the gardens at London Wall Place, reacting to the music inside.

Culture Mile is the City of London’s cultural district, stretching from Farringdon to Moorgate, and this project co-commissioned by Culture Mile and Brookfield Properties in partnership with the LSO, this project marks the latest development in the organisations’ long-standing collaboration and demonstrates how organisations can work together to support freelance artistic talent during uncertain times. 

The films are available on the Culture Mile YouTube channel.

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