The Pacific as a peace force is a powerful idea for me: an oceanic body named for its energetic flow and Activist potential where others are known only for their territory.
This month I am exploring pacifism and carriage in a devised piece for The Joy Offensive ocean. I will conduct Ruthless Jabiru in Liza Lim Gothic, one of six mixed media performances considering the UK’s ethical and social intersections with the Asia Pacific.
We meet the humanity of ocean in the ujjayi breath: the great regulator and bringer of prana, dissolver of fear, stress and battle armour, carrier of treasures and toxins. We open our bodies to the ocean spirit and are unlocked; healed and polished by its wave rhythms. And yet- why do we feel humanised when we should feel humbled? Why so blinded by our supremacy?
The biosphere makes its appeal: a borderless Gothic temple to the salty gods but we still resist the antiphon. So confounded are we by our socalled needs, we forget we too can be pacific.
This is a timely project for me: a thought study towards Ruthless Jabiru’s next major programme honouring tidal forces. The long-awaited premiere of Andrew Ford’s orchestral song cycle The Drowners will sit alongside works by Nicole Lizée, Rosalind Page, Wolfgang Rihm and Fausto Romitelli. But for now, ocean.
Originally posted at Omnibus Clapham:
Mon 20 Nov, 7.30pm | £10 | £8 concessions
ocean. is an evening of interdisciplinary, intercultural exploration curated by Filipina-Australian theatre maker, Jules Orcullo
It is a coming-together of performing artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands – an open space to share, commune and connect.
Journey with us, the long way home, through an eclectic and explorative array of music, dance, film, theatre and more. ocean. invites you to engage in the present of these far-flung regions as well as their past.
Originally posted at Creative Climate Leadership:
Julie’s Bicycle and PiNA are pleased to announce the participants for our second Creative Climate Leadership course. We have selected 23 leaders from 89 outstanding applications.
Creative Climate Leadership (CCL) is a pan-European programme for artists and cultural professionals exploring the cultural dimensions of climate change. The second CCL international training course will take place near Koper, Slovenia, between 8th-14th October 2017, facilitated by Slovenian-based sustainable development and training NGO PiNA, and Julie’s Bicycle, a London-based charity supporting the creative community to power action on climate change.
Scordatura Women’s Music Collective New Connections: music by Yfat Soul Zisso, Cecilia McDowall, Judith Weir, Nadia Boulanger, Paulina Mikolajczyk
Cat Hope Pure for found object, orchestra and subtones (2014-16)
Devised by Kelly Lovelady
Performed by Ruthless Jabiru, Jeremy Barnett found object
Live recording by Apple & Biscuit
Originally posted at Meet the Artist:
Who or what inspired you to take up conducting and pursue a career in music?
Conducting felt inevitable for me as a teenager: a natural evolution despite my oblivion at the time to everything it would eventually entail! The realisation was unceremonious- not really a dream or desire but a moment of clarity. I was lucky to find my two conducting teachers in the years that followed and both continue to mentor me almost 18 years on.
Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?
I think my tastes and philosophies are largely the result of producing my own work. When you find yourself responsible for every detail you start to reconsider the possibilities. If your self Continue reading