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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Plain Song

Summary

Davies wove together seven long and detailed phrases, repeated and modified in timing and spacing, so that as the dance progresses the phrases are knitted together in twos, threes and finally the whole group. Eric Satie's music, performed live at the piano, comes from his earliest compositions (1885-1900) and includes the rarely heard Messes des Pauvres. Plain Song is one of Davies' works that has been restaged; first performed by Siobhan Davies and Dancers in 1981, it was performed by Second Stride the following year and then revived by Rambert Dance Company in 1991.

Analysis

‘... [Satie's works] invoke an idealised medieval music through the use of plainsong-like melody - rhythmically very simple, but with unusually dissonant and colourful harmonies - complete elimination of counterpoint and extraordinary emotional restraint’ (Michael Finnissy, programme note, 1991).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Plain Song
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Paul Clayden, Siobhan Davies, Juliet Fisher, Jeremy Nelson, Maedee Dupres, Jonathan Lunn, Mary Evelyn
  • Music: Erik Satie
  • Music - comments: Two Preludes: Fete donnee par des Chevaliers Normands en l'Honneur d'une jeune Demoiselle (1893) and Prelude d'Eginhard (1893); Ogives (1886); Messe des pauvres (1895).
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Costume Maker: Anne Guyon (construction), Ondine de Senneville (dyeing)
  • Film Director: Geoff Dunlop
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Davies wove together seven long and detailed phrases, repeated and modified in timing and spacing, so that as the dance progresses the phrases are knitted together in twos, threes and finally the whole group. Eric Satie's music, performed live at the piano, comes from his earliest compositions (1885-1900) and includes the rarely heard Messes des Pauvres. Plain Song is one of Davies' works that has been restaged; first performed by Siobhan Davies and Dancers in 1981, it was performed by Second Stride the following year and then revived by Rambert Dance Company in 1991.
  • Analysis: ‘... [Satie's works] invoke an idealised medieval music through the use of plainsong-like melody - rhythmically very simple, but with unusually dissonant and colourful harmonies - complete elimination of counterpoint and extraordinary emotional restraint’ (Michael Finnissy, programme note, 1991).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1981
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-02
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: Siobhan Davies and Dancers 01/03/81 - Theatre Royal, Stratford East (Premiere) Rambert Dance Company 12/04/91 - Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (Premiere)
  • Subscription - only: Public
  • Permanenent URL: http://siobhandaviesarchive.com/record/22