Attended the closing show of Rebecca Lazier and Terrain's dance collaboration Coming Together/Attica about the 1971 prison riots.
The evening opened with Scotia Festival Musicians playing Quartet #8 in C minor by Shostakovich. And what an opening it was!
According to the score, the quartet is dedicated "to the victims of fascism and war". Saturday's performance was obsessively cyclic, sad then apocalyptic, and in the end, sublimely heartbreaking. It was a perfect choice to set the mood.
Following the quartet, the six contemporary dancers came out and stalked the space to music composed by Frederic Rzewski as a response to the riots. 11 Scotia Festival musicians performed in collaboration with Live Art Dance. Cliff LeJeune's hypnotic recitation of political prisoner, Sam Melville's letter not only rounded out the collaboration, for me it consummated it. Bravo!
For those of you who missed it, Terrain is putting on another show tonight called I Just Like This Music created to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.
For tickets, call 902-429-9467 or 1-800-528-9883
Reminder to the Wired Monk Writers that we're taking a road trip to Richard's for this week's meeting. Chris and Simon are hitching a ride with me and there's room for one more!
See all you writerlies, Thursday
To everyone else - Here's to a great week!