New Wave: Sound - Gouttes d'un sang etranger
- Date: Friday, 6 June 2014, 9pm
- Venue: The Sound Lounge — Seymour Theatre Centre, Cnr City Rd and Cleveland St, Chippendale, NSW
- Tickets: Adults: $25 | Children: $15 | Concession: $15 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9351 7940
Gouttes d’un sang étranger (Drops of Foreign Blood) is a new multimedia work by Australian composer Felicity Wilcox that offers an alternative concert experience. Showcasing two of Sydney’s most talented performers, Anthea Cottee (viola da gamba) and Nathan Henshaw (saxophone), the music contains echoes of a French Suite by Marin Marais, viol virtuoso of the court of Louis XIV. Wilcox reframes this hauntingly beautiful early Baroque work in a modern setting that blends 21st century musical gesture, English and French text, and electronic atmospheres. The narrative reflects on the story of the French ancestor of the composer, who left his farming origins at the end of the 19th century, to go to Australia, making a new life for himself in Sydney as an engineer on the wharves. The image layer, created by Melbourne artist Natasha Dusenjko in collaboration with the composer, blends treated still images of old family portraits with video shot on location in the Rhône Valley, France and on Sydney Harbour. Through its intimately personal perspective, this multilayered work explores universal and highly politicised themes of migration, dislocation and identity.
Musicians: Anthea Cottee (Viola da Gamba), Nathan Henshaw (Saxophone), Felicity Wilcox (Spoken Word)
Images: Natasha Dusenjko and Felicity Wilcox
Text: Felicity Wilcox.
Script consultant: Helen Pitcher.
Set: Mark O’Hare.
Please note: this event features images of deceased persons.
- Music of Felicity Wilcox
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