Pieces for Piano and Body

Date and Time
Fri 18 Nov, 10.30pm
Tickets
$30
Venue
The Lab (63 Light Square, Adelaide)
Duration
1 hour (without interval)

Dan Thorpe has a complicated relationship with the piano. Indeed, after a 19th century virtuosity-induced injury in his teens gave him an out from playing music by dead blokes, he chose to seek out self-expression that accomodated and celebrated his battered, queer body instead of trying to force it further into a mold that it never really fit. He ended up making more theatre, contemporary dance, and a whole bunch of other weird stuff than classical music since then - but, despite the associations, the piano remained. What's that all about? 
 
This program celebrates music that enabled a transformative experience of pianism - experimental, bold, and physical work by women and non-binary composers - and in turn a transformative experience of occupying a body through that pianism. Ranging from the "overwhelmingly intense” [Realtime] CHUNK by Cat Hope - where pianist faces off against a computerised mirror of themselves - to the almost silent, devastatingly intimate "DIAPHRAGM" by American composer Sam Erin Cirulis - where the pianist tries their hardest not to make sound as they perform increasingly physically taxing actions at the keys - this performance thrives in the physical and sonic extremes of what is possible on a piano. 

Artists

Dan Thorpe

Program

INTI FIGGIS-VIZUET
A Bridge Between Starshine and Clay

SARAH WESTWOOD
Of Minerals and Ventricles

CAT HOPE
CHUNK

SAGE HARLOW
Other(ing) - World Premiere

SAM ERIN CIRULUS
DIAPHRAGM