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jonathan burrows mentioning christian wolff

I had the pleasure of going to see Jonathan Burrows and Adrian Heathfield last Monday at Toynbee Studio as part of Performance Matters (http://www.thisisperformancematters.co.uk).

Burrows mentioned Christian Wolff’s four dictums of writing music:

A composition must make possible the freedom and dignity of the performer.

It should allow both concentration and release.

No sound or noise is preferable to any other sound or noise.

Listeners should be as free as the players.

They are also listed in a book called Audio Culture — Readings In Modern Music’, edited by Cox and Warner, which is a mighty fine read.

I was particularly drawn to allowing both concentration and release” — which is the one that Burrows talked most about on Monday. So much of my training as a choreographer/dancer has been about filling’ an audience with an experience and although I understand that sonic and visual perceptual systems are different, there is something liberating (both as an audience member and a performance maker) about the possibility of allowing for (perhaps even desiring) time and space for release’.

Up next rhythms of performance I am currently running (walking?) an MA level module called “Dance Practice as Research”. As part of the early stages of their research, I thought defaulting It’s about time humanists started telling scientists how to think again, as they seem to be defaulting to some quite old stereotypes – Timothy
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