Interdisciplinary collaborations are central to London Conchord Ensembleâ€™s programming, whether with art, literature, theatre or dance – a cohesive and integrated collaborative programme offers audiences an experience that is so much greater than the sum of its parts.
Rhythm of Silence ~ inspired by Virginia Woolf and Benjamin Britten
Rhythm of Silence, co-commissioned by The Charleston Trust and Rathfinny Wine Estate,Â wasÂ given its world premiere performance at Charleston FestivalÂ in 2015. ThisÂ is anÂ incredibly exciting new performance pieceÂ thatÂ blurs the boundaries between literature and music; inspired by Virginia Woolf and Benjamin Britten and written and devised by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, the work draws on Woolfâ€™s assertion thatÂ The WavesÂ was written â€˜to a rhythm, and not to a plotâ€™.
Conchord oboistÂ Emily PailthorpeÂ explains:
Virginia Woolf pushed against the conventional boundaries of writing; she experimented and imagined new artistic form.
In a diary entry of Feb 21st, 1927 she writes:
â€œWhy not invent a new kind of play â€“ as for instance
I think it must be something in this line- though I cannot now see what.Â Away from facts; free; yet concentrated; prose yet poetry; a novel & a play.â€
InÂ Rhythm of Silence, playersÂ of London Conchord EnsembleÂ areÂ joined by actors from Action to The Word to bring Woolfâ€™s vision (of new artistic form) to life in a daring and thought-provoking performance piece.Â Rhythm of Silence isÂ a musical and physical exploration of the power of silence and solitude vs the claustrophobia of repetitive work and â€œpoliteâ€ society and inhabitsÂ the world between music and language.Â Â Incorporating themes from â€˜The Wavesâ€™, writings from Virginia and Leonard Woolfsâ€™ diaries, readings by Juliet Stevenson and a complete performance ofÂ Benjamin Brittenâ€™s haunting Phantasy QuartetÂ (writtenÂ within a year of â€˜The Wavesâ€™).
Led by Artistic DirectorÂ Alexandra Spencer-Jones,Â Action To The WordÂ deliver dynamic, exciting and shocking theatre from new musicals to electrifying adaptations of classics.
â€œTheyâ€™re young, theyâ€™re fit, theyâ€™re beautiful. They have the grace of dancers and the power of athletes â€¦ nothing short of brilliant.â€Â Subiaco Post