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Confluence: Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney @ Sadler’s Wells

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ダンスがメインの劇場、Sadler’s Wells Theatre(サドラーズ・ウェルズ劇場)で開催中のSvapnagata Festivalの演目、「Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney: Confluence」を見た。友人が、一緒に見る予定だった人が突然来れなくなったというので、講演の前日に誘ってくれたのだ。前から数列目と言うとても良い席で、パフォーマンスを目の当たりにできた。

Svapnagata(サンスクリット語で「Dreaming(夢見ている)」の意) Festivalは、2週間に及ぶインド音楽とダンスのフェスティバル。Confluence(26〜28日)はそのトリを務める公演で、世界初演となる。Confluence(合流、群衆、集合)は、Zero Degreesゼロ度・2005年)やBahok(バホーク・2008年)でも共作した、バングラデシュ系イギリス人のダンサー/振付師であるAkram Khanアクラム・カーン)とインド系イギリス人の作曲家・Nitin Sawhneyニティン・ソーニー)がコラボ。彼らのルーツである南アジアの文化的・精神的影響を探る作品だ。


I went to see “Akram Khan & Nitin Sawhney: Confluence“, a part of Svapnagata (meaning ‘dreaming’ in Sanskrit) Festival, two-week festival of Indian music and dance, at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre which specialises in dance. My friend asked me to join her the day before, as she got a spare ticket because her friend couldn’t make it. She got great seats which were only few rows away from the stage and we could see the performance up close.

Confluence (Nov 26 to 28), which was the festival’s climaxes and its world premiere, is a joint creation by Bangladeshi-British dancer/choreographer Akram Khan and Indian British composer Nitin Sawhney, who also previously collaborated in Zero Degrees and Bahok. In Confluence, Khan and Sawhney explore their cultural and psychological mix of influences.

I went to see Zero Degrees at the Sadler’s Wells because British Artist Antony Gormley was also involved in the creation, and it was my first experience with Khan’s mesmerizing dance. Khan, also a dancer of Northern Indian classical dance Kathak, showed us his elastic but powerful dance, streaming hand movements, stable high-speed turns, and beautiful steps of Kathak and the sound of the bells worn around his ankles, and these perfectly matched with Sawhney’s beautiful music on its simple stage. The scenes that silhouettes of musicians who were playing behind the screen came to dimly appear through the thin screen was pretty mysterious. It was a stunning performance which mixed classical Indian dance / contemporary dance and traditional music / modern music, and excited the audiences. I wish the performance was a bit longer (it was only 1 hour and 15 min)!

photo: Morley von Sternburg

photo: Morley von Sternburg

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Handel Remixed / David Daniels @ Barbican Hall

Handel Remixed / David Daniels @ Barbican

9月19日、バービカン・ホールで催されたコンサート、「Handel Remixed / David Daniels」に行ってきた。クラシック音楽に関しては中学・高校の音楽のクラスの知識並みだけれど、クラシックの中ではバロック音楽が好きなこと、このコンサートの主役のデービッド・ダニエルズがMの好きなオペラ「Theodra」に出ていたこと、現代音楽を交えたちょっと趣向の変わったコンサートだということ、またバービカンは近所だし、ということでチケットを購入した。

このコンサートはヘンデルの没後250周年を記念し、マイケル・ナイマンニコ・マーリージョン・タヴナージョスリン・プーククレイグ・アームストロングの5人の現代音楽作曲家に、ヘンデルの音楽を元に作曲を依頼。ヘンデルのアリアオラトリオの間にこれらの曲を挟む形のコンサートなので、「ヘンデル・リミックス」。Academy of St Martin in the Fields(アカデミー室内管弦楽団)が演奏、デービッド・ダニエルズがソロイストとして舞台に立った。ヘンデルの音楽はもとより、カウンターテナーのダニエルズの声は繊細で透き通っていて、聞いていてとても気持ちがいい。5人の作曲家の曲はヘンデルというよりも映画音楽のようだったりして、正統派の音楽ファンやお偉い批評家の方はあまりお気に召さなかったようだけれど、クラシック初心者の私は充分楽しませていただいた。特に、アンコールのオンブラ・マイ・フは、心に沁み入る素敵な演奏だった。

We went to a concert “Handel Remixed / David Daniels” at Barbican Hall on September 19. My knowledge in classical music is at high school music class level, but we decided to go to this concert because 1) we like baroque among other classical music, 2) it was the concert of the singer David Daniels who performed in the opera ‘Theodra‘ that M likes, 3) this was a unique concert that classical music met contemporary music, and 4) Barbican is only 10 minutes away by bicycle.

The concert was planned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel‘s death by commissioning five composers, Michael Nyman, Nico Muhly, John Tavener, Craig Armstrong and Jocelyn Pook, to write works based upon Handel’s music. These new songs were played in between Handel’s original arias and oratorios, therefore, it was called ‘Handel Remixed’. Countertenor David Daniels and Academy of St Martin in the Fields performed in the concert.Daniels’ sensitive and pure voice was beautiful, and was very relaxing as well. Some songs by the five composers sounded more like movie soundtracks than Handel, and some hardcore Handel fans and the Telegraph and the Guardian critique didn’t seem to be impressed by the concert, but the concert was fantastic for us as a classic music novice and we like the concept of classic music with modern touch. Especially “ombra mai fu” (original version) for the encore was so beautiful and moving.

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