The circle is a reminder that each moment is not just the present, but is inclusive of our gratitude to the past and our responsibility to the future.
Jan Rokus van Roosendael’s music fuses his appreciation for Renaissance and early baroque music with his fascination with Asian musical cultures and the work of Stravinsky. In Rotations (1988) a dozen music stands are placed in circles around the performer. Each of these positions represents one musical idea, which evolves as the performer completes one rotation after the other.
By interlacing Rotations with Renaissance and contemporary music, we break away from the present – the circles reach out to embrace both past and future: shifting seamlessly between old and new, in search of capturing a fleeting melody and movement – we dream, remember, live, love, choose and hope.
Videos and images (c) Stadlen Productions
A full video of the performance can be watched on Vimeo.
We are very grateful for the support from NEUSTART KULTUR and the Royal Philharmonic Society Enterprise Fund in association with the Harriet’s Trust.