LIGHT FLOODING INTO DARKENED ROOMS (1997)
Richard Alston Dance Company
Denis Gaultier - La Rethorique De Dieux (circa 1652), Suite in A Minor-Prelude, Pavane and Allemande Grave, Suite in A Major
Jo Kondo - Ars Brevis (1988)
Originally danced by a cast of
1 woman 1 man
Filmed, edited and produced by The Place.
Light Flooding Into Darkened Rooms deals with privacy, with a delicacy of feeling masked by the formal facade of propriety and gracious behaviour. When Denis Gaultier wrote his lute pieces in the 17th century, a music lesson could act as the polite cover for stolen moments of intimacy. The imagery of this slow-moving duet owes a lot to the paintings of Vermeer (always with the light coming from the same window) and also to a remarkable film, Tout Les Matins Du Monde in which Baroque music and seduction definitely meet.
First performed by the Richard Alston Dance Company at the Gardner Arts Centre, Brighton on 22 October 1997.