of Leicester 80th Anniversary Event
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.
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
building on the success of the New Works and Commissions Award from East
Midlands Arts Board, and by consultation and collaboration with artists of
international calibre and local artists who are emerging and gaining greater
acclaim for their work: an innovatory multi media musical installation has
been devised, which is entitled 'Latidos', which in Spanish means
seeks to reach the highest possible standards of delivery and also celebrate
Cultural Diversity by giving voice to
the rich and varied kaleidescope of people from the city of Leicester,
through artistic expression.
particular this will be done through newly composed music, striking visual
images and stunning visual effects created with the use of digital cameras,
projectors , screens, mixing desks, speakers and lights. In particular the
focus will be on the Mexican ritual, 'Los Dias de Meurtos' (The Day of the
Dead), the Asian Festival 'Holi' (Spring Festival) as well as a room linking
African-Caribbean themes in a piece which is entitled 'Subway'.
newly devised piece of film will be devised based on the Labyrinth of Life
and symbols from Escher's paintings, and the piece will be called 'Labyrinmaos'.
each room of the Richard Attenborough Centre, there will be installed, the
heart and essence of a cultural tradition for everyone to discover some
interpersonal resonance with the cultural traditions that are to be
embraced. It will be set up so that a continuous flow of people can observe
the installation in the various rooms.
will be room for an integrated dance company including disabled and able
bodied people in a newly commissioned choreographed piece by Louise Katerega
have commissioned five international Composers because of their ability to
write critically acclaimed music and also due to the fact that they
understand implicitly the culturally diverse dimensions of the project. They
will also write music that links with the cultural perspectives presented in
each of the rooms.
composers are Errollyn Wallen (born in Belize), Priti Paintal (born in
Delhi), Hilda Paredes (born in Mexico), Jeremy Arden (born in Britain ), and
Michael Rosas Cobian (born in Buenos Aires ).
this comes at the end of a year long programme being devised by Musician in
Residence, Mexican Percussionist, Alonso Mendoza (who also lectures at
multi media musical installation will be directed by Caroline Sharman
(International Music Theatre Director ) who has directed Opera at
Glyndebourne, Scottish Opera and many other acclaimed companies around the
world, including her own company Modern Music Theatre Troupe. It is the
final celebration of Cultural Diversity at the end of this residency.
Sharman has been awarded the Carl Ebert Prize for her work at Glyndebourne
and has been nominated for an Olivier Award for her production 'I was
looking at the Ceiling and then I saw the Sky' by John Adams.
work will be premiered on 2nd and 3rd March 2002 at the Richard Attenborough
Centre, for the city of Leicester to see and experience. On Saturday 2nd it
will be open to the public to see from 6.00pm - 10.00pm and on Sunday 3rd it
will be open from 2.30pm - 6.30pm.
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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