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 available to live stream on 25th August, 6pm (BST) and available on demand until 29th August.
Peter Maxwell Davies Vesalii Icones
Red Note Ensemble
Matthew Hawkins Choreographer / Dancer
Soraya Ham Dancer
Lionel Handy Cello
Geoffrey Paterson Conductor
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