I am a professional musician: an organist and choirmaster, and I also have a passion for dance. For this project, it is not me who will dance, but my guests. I would like to present a creation bringing together contemporary dance, organ and cello in a dialogue between movement and music. The organist's dance on the pedalboard is made visible to the public by projection on screens. The contemporary dancer or dancers interact with this movement.
I worked both in the liturgical environment and as a concert performer. More often than not, the organ, far and high at a the organ loft, is invisible to the public. In recent years, projecting the image of the organist live on a screen has become increasingly common, so that the audience seated in the nave of a church can see the rather complex playing of the organist. The organ however remains a solo instrument most of the time and is seldom used in interdisciplinary combinations.
I was inspired for this project by my own passion for dance. Listening to Bach's cello suites, I thought that I could probably interpret them on the pedalboard of the organ, and thus interact with dancers. This "obligato dance" of the organist to play a pedal work reminded me of this quote from George Balanchine: "See the music. Hear the dance."
My project uses this concept: the organist's dance on the pedals dialogues with the movement of a dancer illustrating the music played on the cello. As in a real conversation, the artists alternate, express themselves together, sometimes interrupt each other, and sometimes speak at the same time. From then on, music becomes more than a support for dance. It takes on equal importance. In addition, the projection of the organist on a screen becomes more than a visual support allowing the public to see the musician. We no longer listen in real time while looking at a screen, but we watch and listen to everything.
The first suite (BWV 1007) and the second suite (BWV 1008) for solo cello by Bach are at the center of the creation. The musical interpretation of the movements of these suites will be divided between the organist and the cellist. Each creation will include solos, duets or trios of dance to cello music, moments when the organist plays alone, and others where she interacts with the dancers.
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