LCMF 2019

15 December: On Doubling & Transformation
Ambika P3

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Burrows & Fargion
Let us stop this mad rush towards the end (2019)
(world premiere) (LCMF Orchestra commission)

CA Conrad
Selected poems

Angharad Davies
I ble’r aeth y gwrachod i gyd...? (Where did all the witches go...?) (2019)
(world premiere) (LCMF Orchestra commission)

Marianna Simnett
The Bird Game (2019)

Gabriella Hirst
Interlude (2018)

Peter Tscherkassky
Outer Space (1999)

LCMF Orchestra
Claire Godsmark choreography and dance (Burrows & Fargion)
Francesca Fargion piano and voice (Burrows & Fargion)
Jack Sheen conductor (Burrows & Fargion, Davies)
CA Conrad

To double is to create, to make mischief, to sow chaos and confusion – ‘double double, toil and trouble’ – but also to transfigure and transcend. 

Tonight’s metamorphoses include two radical new commissions for the second season of the LCMF Orchestra. Burrows & Fargion – the internationally celebrated duo made up of choreographer Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion – present their first ever orchestral work, Let us stop this mad rush towards the end (2019), with dancer Claire Godsmark and singer Francesca Fargion, confounding and teasing at the boundaries of what is heard and the moving body, while acclaimed improviser and deep listener Angharad Davies will probe at the echoing, hatching, mutating, splicing possibilities of the orchestra in I ble’r aeth y gwrachod i gyd...? (Where did all the witches go...?) (2019)

Mixing dismembered parts of Sleeping Beauty and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Marianna Simnett’s new film The Bird Game (2019) stars a familiar: ‘a loquacious and bloodthirsty crow lures six children to a secluded mansion and snares them in a sequence of deranged games,’ writes Charlie Fox. ‘Crow may be a villain but she is also an enchantress, a masterful storyteller and, in her climactic retelling of how she became a bird, a strange and scarred kind of heroine.‘

Marianna Simnett’s The Bird Game (film still), 2019. Courtesy the artist, FVU, the Rothschild Foundation and the Frans Hals Museum

Woven through the night are the poems, exercises and rituals that characterise the extraordinary work of CA Conrad. ‘At times the books read like the world’s most bizarre and inventive self-help guides, manuals for what you might call acute mindfulness,’ wrote the Paris Review of Conrad’s three books of (Soma)tic rituals and poems, A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon, ECODEVIANCE and While Standing in Line for Death. 

Transcendental transformations to end: we turn to one of the most modest and authentic voices of New Age music, Laraaji, whose clouds of sound are directed to the healing effects of sound and time. Laraaji’s seminal album Ambient 3: Day Of Radiance combined the conceptual tropes of Brian Eno’s ambient music with his own Eastern mysticism, resulting in hallucinogenic live performances that were guided by ‘openness, exuberance, and tranquility’.