Workshopping for The Mauricio Kagel Project has been exciting with a number of discoveries being made in relation to how music performance can playfully challenge audience expectations. This is going to be lots of fun - it is possible to see some parallels with our experiences in the Ubu Nights. But this really is something completely new.
At the same time, in Chengdu (Sichuan), Gao Ping is developing work that engages with classical Chinese instruments and musical traditions - we're catching up with him next week. The aim is for this project to develop an ongoing "composed theatre" collaboration that takes us in new directions:
"The assumption is that, since the sixties, a field of artistic practice has arisen that is situated between the more classical conceptions - and institutions - of music, theatre and dance, and that is highly characterised and unified by making use of compositional strategies and techniques and, in a broader sense, by the application of compositional thinking".
'Composed Theatre: Mapping the Field', Matthias Rebstock, 2012
Image: from 'Tantz-Schul' Ballet d'action
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