We, London based photographer Gareth Davies (www.tickpan.co.uk) and Rome based singer Susanne Mecklenburg, have created DANCING BETWEEN WORLDS. We would be delighted to work with you on a future project at your venue. Please find below information about our show.
This programme | combines musical and photographic performance. We are enveloped in the lure of music, photographic installations and the way in which they enjoy each other’s company. Instead of observing each other, our programme inspires by exploring the parallels and differences between music and visual art, making an intimate connection between them. The images and music begin to mirror each other, visualising the musical score’s rhythm, tempo and pitch and bringing sound from the melodies and harmonies of the imagery to the musical performance.
What you see | Our surroundings consist of fragments of time and space, repeating themselves in a seemingly endless loop. Through a photographic technique, slitscan imagery, fragments of space are built up in time to create just one image. You see a whole dance in a single image, and all sides of an object as it rotates in front of the camera. Our video projections go further and reanimate the dance or the rotation: time becomes space in a single image and space becomes time in the animations. We mirror the photographic principle in the musical programme.
What you experience | Imagine you are in a silent movie. You are surrounded by the darkness of the cinema. You see a film, an animation of photographs, a video. The accompanying music comes out of the dark. You might see the musicians, faintly illuminated by their music stands’ light. Images are rapidly changing. The style of the music adjusts and changes between different settings for piano, viola and voice.
The programme | consists of freestanding, themed selections of music and photography, which can be combined to form a possible programme, a format that provides flexibility to adjust to the occasion and the venue. There is never a set programme. For the audience’s benefit we vary the musical and photographic programme frequently and are open to suggestions from the organisers. You could, for example, select a sequence from the following parts.
Please find examples of our performance below:
Demo videos for programme DANCING BETWEEN WORLDS:
Part I: DANCING BETWEEN WORLDS
Lúa descolorida, Osvaldo Golijov (1960-)
Los pájaros perdidos and Balada para un loco, Ástor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Aria (Cantilena, Bachianas Brasileiras No 5), Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959)
Part II: FAR, FAR...
Musik by Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Part III: CLEOPATRA - BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Giulio Cesare, Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759):
Pure seduction - V’adoro, pupille
Premonition - Se pietà di me non senti
Destiny - Piangerò la sorte mia
Part IV: MESMERISING
Los requiebros (Goyescas), Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
Three songs without words, Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984)
Tres hermanicas eran, Alberto Hemsi (1898-1975)
Nana de la cigüeña (Tres nanas), Antón García Abril (1933-)