Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Out of the Cage

An interesting free event coming up courtesy of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance:

Out of the Cage! (26 Oct 13.00h–23.00h, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich)

'John Cage (1912-1992) was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his relationship with choreographer Merce Cunningham.

Join us for an extraordinary day of activity featuring a multitude of musicians, dancers, and other performers simultaneously animating a labyrinth of rooms and spaces in the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The audience is ambulatory wandering freely through a myriad of spaces, performances, and installations. Three concerts punctuate the ‘Happening’ as resting points in the 10 hour maze of sight & sound discoveries.The evening concert will include a UK première of Cage’s The City Wears a Slouched Hat for six hats, percussion and ensemble'.

Back in 1980, as mentioned here before, Cage and his partner/collaborator Merce Cunningham took part in a summer school at Laban when it was in New Cross, concluding with a big performance at Goldsmiths.

I went to The Mysterium in 2009, a similar Trinity Laban event at the Old Royal Naval College, and it was one of the most memorable nights out I've had in London - an amazing building with all kinds of beautiful things happening in it.

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