Motion & Meaning: Ensemble Klang & Leading Contemporary Dancers
DANSOX and the Liveness, Hybridity & Noise Series join forces for this multi-disciplinary presentation of three new works that stretch the synthetic possibilities of music and dance. Over a four-day residency at St Hilda’s College, one of Holland’s leading contemporary music groups, Ensemble Klang, will be working with three composers from Oxford and several leading contemporary dancer-choreographers (Malgorzata Dzierzon, Estela Merlos, Dane Hurst). ‘Open’ rehearsals will take place each afternoon on 3-5 July, as well a fully-staged performance on the evening of 6 July (tickets required for all sessions and spaces limited so booking early advised).
CUE by Anna Appleby (Rambert Music Fellow and St Hilda’s alumna) is a quirky and comical piece that plays with the audience’s perceptions of the boundaries between dance and music. Grim’s Ditch is a work of polyinterpretable music theatre by composer Joel Baldwin (St Hilda’s) that explores melancholia, politics, artistic expression and meaning through the layering of multimedia, sound and physical motion. Joel's work features the talented Austrian vocalist Michaela Riener, whose recent solo engagements include works by Steve Reich, Michael Gordon (with dance company EmioGreco|PC), Louis Andriessen (La Passione, TAO) and Hanns Eisler (with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble). Her soloistic capabilities, as well as her experience with Ensemble Klang and numerous early music ensembles, make her the ideal candidate for this central role of Grim's Ditch. Joseph Currie (St Anne’s) investigates different kinds of time in movement, motivated by the structural difference of heartbeats and breaths, alongside ideas about gendered breath and the expressive apparatus behind screaming.
Anna Appleby CUE
Joel Baldwin Grim’s Ditch (feat. Michaela Riener - mezzo soprano)
Joseph Currie new work
All of our open rehearsals and the performance will be live-streamed on our website.