The Song Company and choreographer-dancer Thomas E.S. Kelly – from contemporary Indigenous dance company Karul Projects – reunite in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude and I pray the sea by Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani.
Williams’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography and dance by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the background of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.
The Song Company's Artists, Amy Moore, Chloe Lankshear, Stephanie Dillon, Thomas Flint, and Robert Macfarlane are joined by a continuo made up of soprano saxophonist Hylton Mowday, Jenny Eriksson on electric viola da gamba, and Artistic Director Antony Pitts on a classic Rhodes keyboard.
Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri
Chris Williams: I pray the sea
Director: Robert Macfarlane
Choreographer: Thomas E.S. Kelly
Friday, 13 August 2021, 7:00pm
Newcastle City Hall
* This performance is part of Newcastle Music Festival .