“A Winter’s Journey Reimagined” is a multi-movement, cross-disciplinary work solo cello, a dancer and lighting thatdraws its inspiration from Schubert’s famous song-cycle “Winterreise” and explores the themes of loneliness, man vs. nature, and mental health. Katie has been working together with composer Mark Boden since June 2021 on the creative process and bringing this work to life.
Katie's inspiration for this project came from creative exploration work with composer-performers Jörg Widmann and Zoe Martlew as part of my DYCP grant from the Arts Council in 2021. The solo cello movement of the work, titled “Linden”, was premiered at the Appalachian Chamber Music Festival (USA) in August, 2022. The final work will incorporate an 8-9 piece chamber ensemble in which performers are choreographed alongside dancers. The final work will have 12 short movements, each featuring one or more of the instruments in the ensemble. Some movements will be solo movements, or will only incorporate a few instruments (a la Messian’s Quartet For The End Of Time). Physical movement is an important aspect of the work as we want to convey a greater sense of the human spirit and journey through movement. The symbolism through dance enhances the musical experience for audiences.
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