PROGRAMME FOR RESOUND – Sound/Art Festival - Performed by Lindi De Angelis and Anthony Howell
Negative Time: Three Movements to Classical Music
1 Eric Satie - Tres Gymnopedias No. 1, Cécile Ousset
2. Claude Debussy - D'un cahier d'esquisses, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
3 Alexander Scriabin - Prelude Op. 16, no 1, Vladimir Horowitz
Then a tango to a Jazz Impression - Duke Ellington orchestra – Isfahan
Like ‘negative space’, negative time suggests that form is created by what is missed out. Each dance in this series misses out some usually included ingredient in the art of tango – that is the art of leading and following in time. The ingredients jettisoned are connection, contact, and thirdly development. Finally all the ingredients come together in a fourth dance to the jazz impressionism of Duke Ellington.
Tango Schumann at Dartington Hall, September 2013. Isolating some of the tango's components we dance to three classical compositions. In the first (Satie) we dance in isolation. In the second (Debussy) we dance in relationship with each other but without contact. In the third (Scriabin) we establish a connection but development is limited to what is possible within repetition.
It is only in the fourth number (danced to Duke Ellington) that the full possibilities of the tango are utilised and explored.