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04-05-02, 10:57 AM (GMT)
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"Stockhausen type dreams..."
   Here are the notes from Karlheinz Stockhausen about his creating the music for Helikopter (as danced to by Ballet Preljocaj this week) - a piece where a string quartet is split between 4 helicopters...


"In early 1991, professor Hans Landesmann, from the Salzburg Festival, commissioned a work for a string quartet, which was to be created by the Quatuor Arditti in 1994. I had a dream at that time, where I saw and heard the musicians in the quartet, playing during flight in four helicopters. I also saw people on the ground, sitting in a room full of audio-visual equipment, and others still, outside, standing on a big public square. Opposite them, there were four towers made up of television sets and speakers. One to the left, one to the right, and two in between. In each of the four directions, you could see and hear one of the four musicians, from close up.

For the most part, the musicians were playing tremolos which went beautifully with the timbre and the rhythm of the helicopter rotor blades, which themselves were like musical instruments ... "

With the help of the Austrian army for the helicopters, the radio and television for the connection to the audio-video broadcasting channels, and with the support of many sponsors and the administration for all the required authorisations ... the dream became a reality on 26 June 1995, in Amsterdam. Three flights took place for the world creation for 3 performances. This record obtained the Grand Prix du disque in 2000 from the Academie Charles Gras, on 28 November 2000. (end)

In turn this fostered a dream in me, subsequently volunteered to Chris Hampson but I don't detect much enthusiasm and so I throw it out (for free) to any choreographer who wants to realise it:

I see a pdd where each dancer is ensconced in their own Centurion Tank on Salisbury Plain and told to perform random moves by a talkative Parrot in Cheadle and the "Press here" activity of a pedestrian crossing on the Goldhawk Road last June.

So casting all caution to the wind, what dreams to other readers have...

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  RE: Stockhausen type dreams... Brendan McCarthymoderator 05-05-02 1

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05-05-02, 01:14 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Stockhausen type dreams..."
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   Perhaps Bruce should offer his scenario to Ashley Page?

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