Immersive, visual and theatrical, John Landor’s ‘Music-in-Motion’ concept brings a bold new aesthetic approach to the traditional classical concert. Turning the auditorium into a ‘theatre of music’, the musicians become embodied channels of the musical drama, dissolving boundaries between performers and audience.
Following his ground-breaking staging of Janacek’s Kreutzer Sonata String Quartet at Conway Hall last May, John Landor returns on 28 and 31 October with the Gildas String Quartet and the newly-formed Music-in-Motion Ensemble of 13 string players to present an eclectic programme of music from Purcell to Pärt.
The audience will have the choice to sit on chairs or on the floor, to stand and move around the space, and even lie down (cushions and mats are provided). At the evening concerts, drinks can be brought in from the bar, and everyone is invited to the after-party where audience and performers can mingle.
I was totally riveted. I felt more involved, ‘inside’ the music. The body-language and facial expressions helped express the music – quite terrifying at times! It felt organic, alive, more resonant and with more depth and emotion.
The players’ positions and gestures responded to the drama and musical argument. The result was extremely vivid and engaging, creating a real sense of dramatic involvement in the piece. – Planet Hugill
A performance element helps to focus concentration in a way that is often lacking in conventional concerts. As the performers move within the performance space, the effect of the different relationships adds extra feeling and strengthens the impact – British Theatre Guide
Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, WC1R 4RL
Saturday 28 October 3.30 pm – 4.45 pm
Saturday 28 October 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Tuesday 31 October 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Saturday Matinée: £12, concessions £8
Evenings: £15, concessions £10
Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 3,
Antonio Vivaldi: Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro,
Arvo Pärt: Fratres,
Leos Janacek: String Quartet No 1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’,
Henry Purcell: Chacony
Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro