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Dancing Windows
Music for Magic Lanterns
Duration in minutes:
No Language
Total number of performers:
Theatrical form (Opera, Performance, Instrumental Theatre, Other):
Stage form:
Black Box

Project description:
Dancing Windows is an audiovisual concert for magic lanterns, quotidian objects and flute. Images and music are performed live and everyday life paraphernalia is performed in combination with the flute producing ¨real time movies¨. Images are created live by a collection of magic lanterns together with simple materials as cardboards, sand, water drops and threads under the audience eyes. The “black box” of the audiovisual product is in this project totally transparent. Music is made by vintage artifacts like fans, pickups, tins and radios that are playing in synchrony with the flute. Dancing Windows is not improvisation, nor an installation. It is music written for an expanded orchestra, which brings quotidian objects into the score. Program: 1. Zand/Sand (2004) – for magic lantern equipped with mini-aquarium and flute. Three white triangles get covered with sand like a sand clock. Sand to see and sand to listen. Visuals by Ida Lohman. 2. Snaar (String), for string telephone, slide-projectors and flute. Strings tied to tins project their shadows on the walls; the white noise of the string-telephone plays in counterpoint with the flute. 3. Tekening (Drawing), for flute, chalks and mirror. A live drawing on a mirror comes to life in synchrony with the flute, conforming a real time animation. The progressive drawing is reflected as well on walls and ceiling by angling the mirror in combination with the magic lanterns. 4. Terug (Back), For tape, flute and homemade movie. This piece was written using a mirror composition technique: when the music reaches the end, it comes back to the beginning, note by note (Terug). The music score, projected by a hand-crank projector reveals the music architecture; the film plays back and forth following the notes. 5. Pentagram (Staff) for flute, big music stand and 4 slide-projectors: small fragments of written music are projected on a giant score and the space around in synchrony with the flute, conforming a live “solfège”. Four slide projectors located on different spots spreads the graphic notation under different angles making the score threedimensional: simple means, complex result. // There are short interludes in between the pieces, linking the sections without interruptions. // Total duration: ca. 45 minutes. Half program or isolated pieces are also possible. Optional: we offer an after-concert works
Responsible institution, ensemble or person:
Cecilia Arditto

Cecilia Arditto

Date of first performance:
Conde, Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Centro Cultural Plaza Castelli
Number of seats:
Producers; Co-Producers:
Stichting plan B

Year of MTN:
Music Theatre Now, Musiktheater
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