Shostakovich Undressed

June 9, 2013

Last Thursday’s Shostakovich Undressed event was really quite a spectacle.  It’s hard to imagine that anyone could combine Shostakovich’s turbulent chamber symphony in C minor with spoken word, electroacoustic responses and burlesque dancers…yet, somehow it worked.  I don’t believe that such a thing has been attempted before, certainly not in Aberdeen.  Of course, it wasn’t to everyone’s taste – I overheard one audience member remarking, “I’m not sure that it’s Shostakovich Undressed, but rather Shostakovich tortured!”  You can’t win everyone over, I suppose.

 

I overheard that last comment following the performance of my own work, the video and sound of which can be found here:

 

 

During rehearsals, composer Clive Grace took the following pictures.  The video projection of my own work is visible in the background:

 

 

 

 

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