A woman arrives with a piano.
She plays. Plays this piano. Plays with it.
Plays versions of herself through it
But she also has company. Other voices.
Composers; teachers; the ghosts of other pianists.
Memories of other pianos: big shiny grands and clapped out old uprights.
Others hers, with younger hands, looser shoulders, a lighter, more flexible body.
Player Piano is a 75 minute performance piece: a collaboration between performer Catherine Laws, composers Edward Jessen, Annea Lockwood, Roger Marsh and Paul Whitty, theatre maker Teresa Brayshaw and Hannah Butterfield, and film maker Wendy Kirkup. This little trailer gives you some idea. Player Piano was premiered on May 5th 2016 at the Scenic Stage Theatre, University of York. It forms part of a research project, Performance Subjectivity and Experimentation, at the University of York and the Orpheus Institute, Ghent. The trailer was produced by Lynette Quek.