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Commissioned By: Fifth Wind and Wind Quintet International for Forecasting the Canadian Wind - a Canada 150 Project
With movement for performers.
Premiere City: Montreal
Premiere Venue: Eastern Bloc
Premiere Date: 20 Sep 2018
Premiere Performer / Ensemble / Presenter: Choros Wind Quintet
Inspired by the fluidity of human movement.The history of Canada reaches far beyond 150 years, and encompasses millennia of human existence and movement on this land. In more recent centuries this land has witnessed the interactions of Indigenous peoples and settlers, their descendants, and continuing immigration as well as internal movements of people within the borders known as Canada. The current reality is more transient than at any point in history, with speeds of travel faster than ever, cultures from around the globe living together, and continuing transplanting and re-rooting of people in all demographics. I explore different forms of movement in five miniatures in What Happens When We Move. At times I ask players to physically move or travel in the performance space as a visual analogy and one that will be audible as well both musically and physically. Movement 1 - Arrivals - We all arrived from some other place, at some other time. Indigenous and Inuit people were here for millennia before others arrived. Then came settlers, immigrants, refugees, travellers, tourists. Each of our stories and journeys are different and are entwined. Arrivals experiments with sonic and physical interactions and encounters. Movement 2 - Meetings - The delicate, subtle, intimate relationships between individuals, and the brash but exciting unity of large groups moving together. Movement 3 - Mixing - Making one voice heard above the rest. Individuality versus the group. Movement 4 - Taking Places - Displacement, direct confrontation, overpowering through dynamics and physical displacement. Movement 5 - We Move Together Now - Strength in unity, respect, diversity and cooperation.
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