[Press and Public Relations] Celebrating Heartbeats


February 2002

No 47

University of Leicester 80th Anniversary Event

The University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre is presenting a celebration of music, dance and sculpture which combine local talent with music by national and international artists.

Latidos (Spanish for heartbeats or drumbeats) will take place on Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March and is part of the University's 80th Anniversary celebrations.

This celebration of cultural diversity has been devised by Caroline Sharman, the nationally acclaimed music theatre director, (whose production I was looking at the Ceiling and then I saw the Sky, by John Adams, has been nominated for an Olivier Award) with Mexican percussionist Alonso Mendoza, and will be premiered at the Richard Attenborough Centre. Visuals have been created by sculptor Sian Thomas.

The event, which will fill every room at the Centre, will include a performance by Alonso Mendoza, and specially commissioned music by Errollyn Wallen, Priti Paintal, Hila Paredes, Jeremy Arden and Michael Rosas Cobian.

Latidos takes place at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, Lancaster Road, Leicester, on Saturday 2 March at 6 pm - 10.00pm and on Sunday 3 March from 2.30-6.30 pm.

Note to editors:  Full details follow.  For more information please contact Philip Herbert, Organising Tutor for Music at the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, email RACentre@le.ac.uk

'Latidos' (Spanish, meaning Heartbeats)

The heartbeat is a primeval, essential bodily function, which is universally understood. Likewise, the drum is familiar icon in cultural rituals around the globe. As a result of this we would like to celebrate and explore cultural rituals which we have selected, having thematic links with some newly commissioned music by five international composers.

This innovatory project based on percussion music explores cultural rituals through newly commissioned works, by five international composers (who reside in Britain), and newly created pieces using a collaborative cross art form approach, based on the rituals : to produce images and sounds that will be explored ,  recorded, filmed, edited and projected in each room of the RAC, resulting from outreach workshops for people of all ages in the city of Leicester.

  As an integral part of the multi media installation, Outreach work will take place that will involve the community of Leicester in this project.


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