First up on the week’s agenda it’s time to diarise, as we can officially confirm our next performance date, Friday 1st March at the Saatchi Gallery. We will be performing new works by the young composers of The Purcell School, who are writing pieces for MOC, inspired by the work on display in the current exhibition at the Saatchi ‘Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art 1960’s-1980’s’. On Monday we travelled up to Purcell to have our second brainstorming session with the composers, following on from our visit to the gallery last week. We are encouraging the composers to think of creating ‘performance art’ as opposed to simply a piece for flute, oboe and bassoon, to be performed in traditional format - seated behind music stands. Thus, we have asked them to think about the extra elements of choreography, staging, costume, lighting etc, and to consider including some freer sections which could have an improvisatory element, where we can leave our stands, and the constraints they bring.
The ideas the composers have come up with so far are really exciting, including the use of neon lights and fake blood, and putting us in prison! They are also thinking about how the musicians will reflect the medium used, stamping on the wooden floor to reflect the tempura on cardboard used by Valery Koshlkyakov inGrand Opera, Paris 1995, and walking independently around the space, joined by the music yet also free to move note at random, depicting the mood created by Yelena Popova’s Untitled 2011 (mixed media on linen).