Folies

(2016) 

dancer, soprano, bass clarinet and ensemble


Description

a piece of music theatre


Music composed by Jenny Jackson 

Choreography: Hannah Wadsworth 


The selected text is taken from a poem by the Italian Futurist poet Aldo Palazzeschi; E Lasciatemi Divertire! (Let Me Amuse You!) which explores the nature of what it is to be a ‘creator’, and the conflict between artistic freedom on the one hand, and the oppression of (perceived) criticism and judgement on the other. The original poem contains many nonsensical words which implies the collapse of sense but the words begin to suggest their own meaning as we try to interpret the inflections and phonetic sounds (“it’s like when someone gets to singing without really knowing the words”). The piece demonstrates how fine the line is between artistic freedom and madness: one is fun, and acceptable to society, and the other is worrying, perplexing and traumatic for others to observe. 

 

First performance

24.09.16

University Drama Studio, Sheffield


Part of Embodiments presented by Platform 4


On Stage Performers: 

Dancer - Hannah Wadsworth 

Soprano - Andrea Tweedale 

Bass Clarinet - Tom Owen 


Off Stage Performers: 

Rachel Shirley (flute) 

Jess Jevon (clarinet) 

Tom James (horn & sopranino recorder) 

Chris Noble (horn) 

Tom Davies (violin) 

Barbara Chisholm (viola) 

Charlie Hardwick (cello) 

Jenny Jackson: conductor 

Parts available on request (.pdf digital download). No charge*.


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(Performances are much more welcome than financial support, however! Please let me know if you intend to perform one of my pieces: I would love to hear about it!)


Duration 20 minutes