Written in 1969 this is one of Peter Maxwell Davies’s classic works of concert-hall music theatre. 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 this work is filled with unconventional percussion instruments, a honky-tonk piano, allusions to foxtrots, as well as medieval and renaissance music.
Iconnotations will be live-streamed from Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, as part of the Dancebase programme. The livestream is on Wednesday 25th August, 6pm (BST). It will then be available as a recording on demand from Thursday 26th August to Saturday 28th August, 11:59pm (BST). Both livestream and on demand will be streamed on ZOOTV.
Peter Maxwell Davies Vesalii Icones
Red Note Ensemble
Matthew Hawkins Choreographer / Dancer
Soraya Ham Dancer
Lionel Handy Cello
Geoffrey Paterson Conductor
Made in Scotland is a curated showcase of high quality performance from Scotland at the world’s largest arts festival, made possible by support from the Scottish Government’s Expo Fund. It is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland.