Wednesday 12 November 2014

Rhona Byrne

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And, on that note’
This event on December 10th 2014 at Langtree Park, Rugby Stadium,

hosted an evening ‘Silent Night’ with visual and musical elements alongside an event linked to the anniversary of the World War 1 Christmas Truce of 1914. For one evening this event brought together school, church and community choirs from across the borough, forming a mass choir of some 500 local singers and an audience of approx 1500.
‘And, on that Note’ is a visual art commission alongside this event that combined choral voices with sculpture, performance and audience participation. Working with a team of 35 locally based artists and students from St Helens College and Carmel College, dancers from ‘Watch this space productions’ and a Cheerleader group

all helped in the production of the works as well as performing in the event.


‘And, on that note’ considers moments of transition, states of uncertainty, inbetween private thought and public behavior. The performative works present individual and collective endurance – the patterns within moments

of exertion where action, feeling and meaning become one. Each element looks at the ‘self’ during moments

of human interaction and gathering, reflecting on the tensions between isolation, desire, connection and unity.
A Moving threshold, a fabric sculpture for which performers provide a flexible support structure, greets the audience as they enter the Arena and moves around the pitch to observe the event. The choir of 500 people reform as an ‘Emotional Choir‘ with three experimental choral interludes exploring laughter and obsession.

A carpeted landmass sits still in the darkness of the arena’s pitch until it rumbles and falls apart. A mass of moving sculptures of boulders and black clouds negotiate this terrain. An inflatable sculpture manifests as a collective breath in the opposite stand of the stadium.
The Choir of 500 people performed three interludes during the event where they became an ‘Emotional Choir’.
These interludes were choreographed to coincide with the moving sculptural elements.
Part 1 A laughter Choir where each row laughed in turn until the whole choir were laughing and the clouds moved across the pitch and were passed into the audience.
Part 2 The Choir and audience approx 2000 were invited to repeat the name of a person they loved while the landmass errupted and fell apart.
Part 3 The choir sang a high note, while holding a gold card infront of their heads until they couldnt hold the note anymore.