To Mill Two Queens:
Musarc + Neil Luck + TONGUE + Sarah Kate Wilson
Friday 30 June 2017, 7pm
Musarc first presented Les Tableaux Répétitifs at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in April 2017. At the centre of the ensemble’s performances stood a large semicircular mirror which represented both the public domain in which the choir’s work unfolded, as well as its immaterial reflection - the surface that supports, and the symbolic arc that frames the choir’s practice (répétition).
Together with long-term collaborators Sam Belinfante, Ben Hadley, Neil Luck, Joseph Kohlmaier + TONGUE, and Sarah Kate Wilson, the ensemble took the idea of the mirror as the starting point for several new commissions. Arranged in the form of a series of tableaux which each follows with a specific line of inquiry - répétitive, politique, funéraire, and civique – the choir’s performances ranged from re-interpretations of traditional choral material to works that explored movement, internal dialogue, speech and crowd-dynamics, to interventions in the city.
For their performance (with all but the mirror) on the occasion of MK CityFest and the International New Towns Institute (INTI) Conference/Academy of Urbanism (AoU) Symposium, Musarc is rewriting the programme in a participatory version that includes a new hymn for Milton Keynes and a rendition of Neil Luck’s PA, both performed with members of the audience and based on letters dictated to the singers in the shopping mall. The concert takes place inside and outside the auditorium in the shopping centre.
Neil Luck, PA (2017) for Milton Keynes
Sarah Kate Wilson with Piper Haywood and Toby O’Connnor, Rainbows (2017)
Joseph Kohlmaier + TONGUE, Tableau Funéraire (after Henry Purcell, 2017)
Francis Poulenc, Un Soir de Neige (1944)
The Creation of Mill Two Queens (after William Billings, 1794/2017)