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Music lecturer composition premieres with Rambert Dance Company

Posted on 10/10/2011

A new score composed by a music lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London, is to premiere at Rambert Dance Company’s Season of New Choreography tomorrow night (11 October).

Mark Bowden, Lecturer in Composition at Royal Holloway created the new work, Lines written a few mile below, for violin and electronics in collaboration with choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon (Gosia), drawing on inspiration from the London Underground.  This is the first musical score written by Mark since his appointment as Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company.

Mark explains how he enjoyed the collaborative nature of producing this work. “When I compose I normally lock myself away at home where I can work uninterrupted,” he says. “Writing a new piece in collaboration with another person is a completely different experience to creating something on your own. When Gosia and I decided to work together she already had a very clear idea about what she wanted to create; an energetic work drawing on her observations of people on the London Underground.”

Mark decided to write a piece for electric violin and electronics with some recorded sounds from the Tube. He says: “I played the piece for Gosia when I was still in the middle of writing and she gave me some really helpful comments about tempo, structure and character, which I took on board as I continued to compose. It was really amazing to get such direct input from another person during the writing process. It’s something that doesn’t really happen in the classical music world.”

The piece will be premiered by Thomas Gould and Rambert Dance Company at the Season of New Choreography at The Place Theatre, London,on 11 October with a second performance on 12 October. For more information visit The Place Theatre website.


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