2009.08.08 - New music from Ted Barnes

New music from Ted Barnes


Until Now

Funded by European Cultural Foundation and Arts Council England. Commissioned and supported by London International Mime Festival,  Laban Theatre and Jacksons Lane.
Rooted in a timeless and peculiar world, Until Now is a beautifully improbable acrobatic adventure, with a little magic and a few surprises. Directed by Leandre Ribero (of 'Leandre and Claire') a poetic universe is fashioned from joyful flips and harmonious balances to speak of  journeys, good-byes and the astonishing feats of friendship.
The unique choreographies take centre stage, celebrating the trio's physical abilities and reclaiming a bit of beauty in the urban landscape. Using world-class acrobatics, innovative movement and subtle characters, the show transforms non-conventional arts settings into stages, creating a world of humour, energy and visual poetry.
Until Now is a highly portable show with a minimal set and easy travelled.
It will be available for for outdoor/street theatre events from May 2009 and will in winter 2010 be developed into a longer indoor performance premiered at the London International Mime Festival
in January 2010.

Created by mimbre and Leandre
Directed by Leandre Ribera
Design by Ilona Karas
Original Soundtrack by Ted Barnes
Prop Making by Michalis Kokkoliadis
Movement Directions and Acrobatic Coaching by Mark Glover and Glen Stewart
Project Manager - Emma Forster

Ted explained to www.beth-orton.net how he got involved:
"A friend of mine recomended me to a dance group who then heard my work and loved it. In January I had the great pleasure of being asked to write a forty minute score for a new theatre / dance piece by the 'Mimbre' dance company.
It was to be a recorded piece of music approx 40 min long following the journey three friends take with each other, it is directed by Spanish clown Leandre who I have been a big fan of for years. It is an instrumental piece made up of seven scenes using a line up of violin, cello, double bass, drums and myself on an assortment of instruments.
We established the main theme by playing along with them in their rehersals, and after that I would go and watch the scenes develop and write accordingly in my studio. It was a great process with both parties giving and taking to the creative end. The length of the pieces were constantly changed to suit the scenes and some pieces landed up on the cutting room floor. The cd version contains some of these bits ! In November (The show will be touring street festivals around Europe in the summer) it comes back to rehersal to make it an hour long, this was because it has been comissioned by the London International Mime Festival in January 2010 where it will get its first proper airing before going back out on the road"

Copies of the limited, special edition, run of cds can be purchased by sending a cheque for £10 made out to 'Mornington Records' to  Mornington Records, 19 Reservoir Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1LX







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