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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Affections

Summary

Siobhan Davies asked Gerald Barry, who had composed the music for Trespass, to choose the music for its companion piece Affections. He chose six arias from several Handel operas. The music had a transforming affect on some of the elements and choreography which first appeared in Trespass before re-materializing in Affections.

Analysis

"Davies is famous for working not only with her dance artists but also with designers, musicians and composers, encouraging the exchange of ideas that make her pieces so richly textured. This programme is the result of a unique creative association with the composer Gerald Barry, who was commissioned to write Trespass and asked to arrange the music for Affections. He chose six arias by Handel which are performed by the mezzo-soprano Buddug Verona James with a piano quartet...[and] explores some of the themes first touched upon in Trespass. There is no suggestion of romance; the affections here are concerned with the creative energy and how it influences emotion' (Programme note, 1996).



'Like a puzzle, the pieces together form a maze of possible interconnections - some clearly shown, others more tenuous - allowing us to trace our own pathways, and to see what we find there' (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 1996).



'In Trespass and the companion piece, Affections, choreographed in 1996, Davies explored the idea of gradually erasing material from a dance phrase, repeating and seeing less and less as the dance progresses, in effect, an accumulation in reverse. Whilst this process resulted in movement material that was transformed in many ways throughout both dances, it is seen most clearly in Clarke's powerful solo in Affections' (Sarah Whatley, 2002)."

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Affections
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Amanda Britton, Gill Clarke, Sean Feldman, David Hughes, Jeremy James, Catherine Quinn, Deborah Saxon
  • Music: G F Handel
  • Music - comments: Arranged by Gerald Barry Rinaldo (1711): 'Cara sposa'; Dances from Alcina (1735) Il pastor fido (1712): 'Secondaste al fine'; Rinaldo: 'Ogni indugio d'un amante'; Il pastor fido: 'Ho un non so che nel cor'; Dance from Il pastor fido Tamerlano (1724): 'Piu d'una tigre altero'; Aci, Galatea e Polifemo (1708): 'Se m'ami, oh caro!' and by arrangement with Oxford University Press
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel arr. Gerald Barry
  • Musicians: Andrew Ball (piano)
  • Musicians - comments: Arranged for piano quartet & mezzo-soprano. Buddug Verona James sings on stage.
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Credited in original programme as Set Design
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Sound Engineer: Chris Ekers
  • Costume Maker: Sasha Keir
  • Production Manager: Ollie Brown
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Siobhan Davies asked Gerald Barry, who had composed the music for Trespass, to choose the music for its companion piece Affections. He chose six arias from several Handel operas. The music had a transforming affect on some of the elements and choreography which first appeared in Trespass before re-materializing in Affections.
  • Analysis: "Davies is famous for working not only with her dance artists but also with designers, musicians and composers, encouraging the exchange of ideas that make her pieces so richly textured. This programme is the result of a unique creative association with the composer Gerald Barry, who was commissioned to write Trespass and asked to arrange the music for Affections. He chose six arias by Handel which are performed by the mezzo-soprano Buddug Verona James with a piano quartet...[and] explores some of the themes first touched upon in Trespass. There is no suggestion of romance; the affections here are concerned with the creative energy and how it influences emotion' (Programme note, 1996). 'Like a puzzle, the pieces together form a maze of possible interconnections - some clearly shown, others more tenuous - allowing us to trace our own pathways, and to see what we find there' (Sanjoy Roy, programme note, 1996). 'In Trespass and the companion piece, Affections, choreographed in 1996, Davies explored the idea of gradually erasing material from a dance phrase, repeating and seeing less and less as the dance progresses, in effect, an accumulation in reverse. Whilst this process resulted in movement material that was transformed in many ways throughout both dances, it is seen most clearly in Clarke's powerful solo in Affections' (Sarah Whatley, 2002)."
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1996
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-02
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: with Trespass: 16/10/96 - 17/10/96 - The Oxford Playhouse 25/10/96 - 26/10/96 - Snape Maltings Concert Hall 29/10/96 - 30/10/96 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 01/11/96 - 02/11/96 - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester 05/11/96 - 06/11/96 - Espoo Cultural Centre, Finland 08/11/96 - 09/11/96 - Birmingham Repertory Theatre 14/11/96 - 16/11/96 - Stranmillis College Theatre, Belfast Festival at Queens
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