A bicycle-powered world premiere by Laura Bowler
Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London
Music that moves, that rages, and ultimately that unites us: Laura Bowler’s ground-breaking commission from the London Sinfonietta addresses the most serious issue of our generation. Houses Slide for soprano and ensemble describes one woman's intimate psychological journey to figure out her response to the climate crisis, from an initial depressing realisation of the gravity of the issue, through to her refusal to be overwhelmed and decision to take positive action.
With a text created by Cordelia Lynn using submissions from members of the public, this concert presentation conceived and directed by Katie Mitchell is an industry-first, being powered entirely by bicycles. The world premiere performance of this stunning piece will be followed by a discussion of the issues raised in the piece.
The Arts Desk described Bowler as “a triple threat composer-performer-provocatrice” following a premiere at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
Laura Bowler Houses Slide (2021; world premiere)
Jessica Aszodi mezzo soprano
Sian Edwards conductor
Katie Mitchell director
Cordelia Lynn text
Colin Tonks creative technical director
Caro Russell art director
RNSS Ltd sound
Tony Simpson lighting designer
Matt Fairclough live electronics
Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, the London Community Foundation and The RVW Trust, and presented with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
We are looking for fit and healthy volunteers to provide power for this concert by cycling specially-adapted bikes.
The pedalling demand on each individual cyclist is, whilst constant, relatively light work, but in order to take part, you'll need to be able to pedal for 90 minutes at a time. Unfortunately due to insurance reasons, we cannot accept any cyclists under the age of 18.
If you'd like to be involved, please register your interest by Monday 21 JuneRegister your interest
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