Duration: 5 minutes
Forces: String Sextet
Commissioner: Orchestra VOX
World Premiere: 9 October 2021 (digital)
Collaborators: Hannah von Wiehler (artistic director), Ruth Brill (choreographer), Brandon Lawrence, Jakob Bryan (dancers), Orchestra VOX (musicians), Four Eyes Production (production)
About the work
CHRYSALIS is a series of six videos exploring the idea that a particular kind of metamorphosis, transformation, and hope is only possible in a place of darkness. Each piece is a fusion of the media of dance, film, and classical music, featuring a piece of new choreography set to new compositions recorded by Orchestra VOX.
The project features the musicians of Orchestra VOX in the UK, and six award-winning choreographers in different locations around the world: Burkina Faso, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and New Zealand. Each choreographer explores unique interpretations of hope that have been illuminated, and even enhanced, by the darkness of the global pandemic we are all still experiencing.
CHRYSALIS also features five new compositions from award-winning composers, commissioned for this project, as well a new arrangement of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’.
The films will be edited together with footage of the orchestra to create a cohesive piece of visual art designed for the screen which offers an insight into how orchestral and dance performance can be adapted in a time of social distancing.
Duration: 17 minutes
Forces: String Quintet
Commissioner: Jack Philp Dance
World Premiere: 27 October 2018 - Dance House, Cardiff
Collaborators: Jack Philp (choreographer), Jack Philp & Christian England (stage design), Alde Wyn-Williams (set construction) Esther Kilbride (costume design), Kristia Rhodes (stage manager) Professor Haley Gomez MBE (academic partner)
About the work
Inspired by light in our universe and using a star as a our starting point, this work explores factors which give birth to light as well as the different astrophysical environments which it encounters along its journey through space. From a range of research publications and images provided by The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University, we sought to abstract and capture these ideas through movement and sound. Lumen featured as a part of the TEST | CAPTURE Tour in 2018 and 2019.