“Playing Our City”: a multi-site, participatory, inter-active, semi-composed/semi-spontaneous performance
As part of the 2016 Junos programming, on March 12th “Playing our City” will be performed simultaneously in two locations in Calgary. Citizens will collaborate with trained musicians in each location to create music by percussively ‘playing’ the material features of their locations. This may involve traditional instrumentation, but the focus will be on the traditionally non-musical aspects of the landscape and architecture of the sites as both instruments and playing surfaces: earth, vegetation, stone, concrete, steel and other metals, glass, bodies, wind, etc. The featured composition will be partly pre-established and composed (by celebrated composers Laurie Radford and JUNO-award winner Allan Bell) and partly open to the improvised contributions of the performers, facilitated by the lead site animators. Locations will be connected by high-speed internet, so that the performers and audience members in one location can hear the participants in the other location. Thus, all participants will perform at the same time (simultaneously and/or in sequence, as pre-determined by the pre-established structure of the composition). The overall performance will be videotaped for presentation at the gala "Listen to Your City" concert on March 14th, and will subsequently be available online in an archived recording.
Conceived and Directed by Bruce Barton
Composition by Allan Bell (2015 Juno Award winner) and Laurie Radford
Performance Transmission and Event Realization by Eric Bumstead and Ethan Cayko
Dramaturgy by Pil Hansen
Technical Direction by Graham Frampton