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Great Exhibitionists: Selene – Goddess of the Moon and Eurydice
7:30pm | 01 May 2017 | Britten Theatre
Lisa J Burgess and Mateusz Rettner project leaders
Selene – Goddess of the Moon is an atmospheric and emotive short work for bowed vibraphone and traditional and contemporary dance by RCM Composer for Screen Lisa J Burgess.
The work comprises three main sonic layers. In keeping with the otherworldly narrative, it includes genuine NASA space recordings of the natural vibrations of the planets, creating an ambient and textural foundation. It also features pre-recorded layer of heavily effected and manipulated instrumentation – such as the water gong, in keeping with Selene's notable attribute, water – and live bowed vibraphone.
A focal point of the work sheds light on the importance of a truly collaborative experience by incorporating an element of performance art. Dancers incorporate bowing the vibraphone into their choreography, allowing for the work to see a brief but effective overlay of music and movement.
It’s performed alongside Mateusz Rettner’s Eurydice, a 'theatre of the mind' in three scenes (with music by three different composers) which surveys Eurydice's growing fear and insanity in the moments directly preceding her death.
Taking up the spirit of the 1851 Great Exhibition, this cutting-edge series is curated entirely by students. For more information visit www.rcm.ac.uk/greatexhibitionists.
Tickets: Free but required