ARMS OF LOVE
Presented by The Song Company
Music by Dietrich Buxtehude & Chris Williams – feat. choreography by Karul Projects
Buxtehude’s monumental meditation on suffering and the human body reimagined with contemporary Indigenous choreography from Karul Projects, and a major new Australian work from Chris Williams, setting words by Behrouz Boochani.
One of the marvels of the baroque period, Membra Jesu Nostri, by Dietrich Buxtehude is intertwined with a major new work, I pray the sea, by Australian composer Chris Williams, that draws on texts from award-winning author Behrouz Boochani and has been specially commissioned for The Song Company with the generous support of the SILO Collective.
The Song Company is reuniting with choreographer-dancer Thomas E.S. Kelly – from contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects – in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude and I pray the sea by Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani.
Williams’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, performed by dancer Neville WiIliams-Boney, against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.
The Song Company’s Artists, Amy Moore, Chloe Lankshear, Stephanie Dillon, Thomas Flint, and Robert Macfarlane are joined by a continuo made up of soprano saxophonist Hylton Mowday, Jenny Eriksson on electric viola da gamba, and Artistic Director Antony Pitts on a classic Rhodes keyboard.
Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad. Throw away any expectations you may have about the old and the new – this project promises to be one of the most exciting and original fusions of chamber music and dance from the incredible vocal artists of The Song Company.
THE SONG COMPANY SINGERS: AMY MOORE, CHLOE LANKSHEAR, STEPHANIE DILLON, ROBERT MACFARLANE AND THOMAS FLINT * INSTRUMENTAL CONTINUO: HYLTON MOWDAY (SOPRANO SAXOPHONE), JENNY ERIKSSON (ELECTRIC VIOLA DA GAMBA) AND THE SONG COMPANY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ANTONY PITTS (RHODES KEYBOARD) * GUEST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: ROBERT MACFARLANE * CHOREOGRAPHER: THOMAS E.S. KELLY * PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTOPHER HAYLES * PROMOTIONAL VIDEO: KAI RAISBECK
DATES & TIMES
Sunday, 28 August - 3pm
Groups 10+: $20
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