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Vesalii Icones St Magnus Festival

A new production and choreography of the iconic Peter Maxwell Davies work Vesalii Icones.

Written in 1969 this is one of Peter Maxwell Davies’s classic works of concert-hall music theatre. Red Note Ensemble and Matthew Hawkins present an extraordinarily dramatic, multi-layered fusion of dance and music, its shape superimposes the 14 stations of the Cross on a series of 16th-century anatomical drawings by Vesalius, with a dancer and a solo cellist as the protagonists.

Scored for the classic Fires of London Sextet line-up, the work is filled with unconventional percussion instruments, a honky tonk piano and much allusion to foxtrots as well as medieval and renaissance music.

In contrast to the vibrant sonorities of Vesalii Icones, Matthew Hawkins dances to the atmospheric piano works inspired by Persia and written during the First World War by the prolific French composer Charles Koechlin.


26 June, 2018 - 19:00 to 21:00

St Magnus Cathedral
Palace Road
Kirkwall - KW15 1PA


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