Longing for the Impossible for the Moment it is Real (Longing…), hosted by the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen – Denmark’s first public networked performance.
Longing… comprised 5 contemporary compositions which featured a different mix of musicians and dancers in Copenhagen, Barcelona and London. A visual theme of orbiting spheres (inspired by the atomic model of Danish physicist Niels Bohr) was used to create a networked performance dramaturgy in which the performers – regardless of physical location – were all elements of the same performance space as experienced by the audience.
Animal #1 – composition by Esben Nordborg Møller for string quartet accompanied by 3 dancers in Barcelona.
Perfunctory – composition by Rob Durnin for string quartet and marimba, two vocalist (one in Copenhagen and one in London) and a solo dancer in Copenhagen.
Invisible Movement – composition by Anna Nikolova performed by Anna on Disklavier with dancers in Copenhagen.
Your clone continues to run for his life – composition by James Black for Carophone (a custom instrument) performed by James, a Harpist dueting in London, and two dancers in Barcelona.
The Taking After The Kiss – composition by Xavier Bonfil for Marimba and electronics with dancers in Copenhagen and Barcelona.
Longing… was performed for two nights at the Pulsar festival of contemporary music in March 2017 and again for one night at the Network Performing Arts Production Workshop in April 2017.
VIDEOS: Difficulties with the cameras being used to document the performance and challenging light conditions means we are still working to bring you a more complete film of the performance but here are two short clips which show the beginning of the opening sequence (movement #1) and part of the closing sequence (movement #5).
Composers: Esben Nordborg Møller, Xavier Bonfil, Anna Nikolova, James Black, Rob Durnin
Composer Coordination: Niels Rosing-Schow
Musicians: Kalle Hakosalo, Cecilie Emtoft, Martyna Kulpińska, Marcus Mukherjee, Daniel Sledzinski, Caitriona Finnegan, Anne-Kristine Skov Vognsen, Feargal MostynWilliams, Henriette Poos, Anna Nikolova, James Black, Xavier Bonfil
Vocal Coordinators: Ann Somerville, Eva Hess Thaysen
Dancers/Choroegraphers: Marie Lykkemark Simonsen, Georgia Kapodistria, Indrek Kornel, Bruno Ramri, Irene García, Elia Genis
Networked Technical Partners: Maria Isabel Gandia Carriedo, Tania Lisboa