Musical Works

“Everyone you have loved”

This latest textural and site specific and complex performance piece was performed last year just immediately prior to the Pandemic. It is a Sensory, celebratory improvisation between myself,  dancer and artist Lavinia Cascone, singers Maggie Nicols and Portia Winters and Sound Artist/Composer Dr Emmanuel Lorien Spinelli and I believe  is an exciting development in my performative work to date. This particular collaboration was borne from my close relationship formed over the past ten years with Portia and Emmanuel who helped me with devising the performance. The idea was to create a painting via the senses.

Everyone you Have Loved

It was performed amongst special guests who freely circulated around the recently built modernist architecture and  immersive space in which the performance took place. The event centred around the central space of the Make designed building which is infact outside. The performance begins with myself working from the outside, and reacting with the dance, sound and movement which was happening inside. We eventually come together seamlessly flowing from inside to outside the building. The main premise for the wholly improvised piece was to convey the immaterial spirits of sound and of Colour and ends with coloured smoke. The title of the film documentation of this performance comes from a song poem that Maggie wrote and which she spoke at the very start of the performance inspired by dialectical materialism when exposed to Engels’ “Dialectics of Nature.”

“All in a moment,

Everything you’ve been and done

There in a moment

Caught in a moment

Everyone you’ve loved and known lives in those moments.

“The text I use in the film documentation is from James Joyce’s visually inspiring “Finnegans Wake” of which I have been drawing inspiration from lately after many conversations and espressos with my lovely friend Professor Peter McDonald,  and also the great visual poem I love by Tom Paulin on Jackson Pollock  called “I am Nature” which reflects upon Jackson Pollock and in particular relation to his upbringing and ancestry. This all seemed to resonate so very well to the premise of the performance.

There are so many special moments that occurred within this performance. The first being when the dance and sounds from the interior came to the exterior. An Audience member afterwards told me that there was an exciting moment, when the focus altered from all sensory elements of movement and sound towards the painting. Another moment comes when we all become part of the painting itself, and there is a lovely passage when things seem to slow down and become almost as if choreographed and dreamlike. Towards the very end of the performance Maggie and Portia’s voices come into the front of the mix as blue smoke surrounds the space and all parts come together as one with the wonderful words of Portia and Maggie.

I hope you enjoy this special improvisational complex and textural performance.

Special mention also goes to the Camerawork by Brian Strange and Peter Farkas and the brilliant editing of Guy Ducker who all helped document this special piece of Art.

Everyone you have Loved. 2020/21

August 2021.

About the Performance Painting