Three time APRA Art Music Award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes and Helpmann Award-winning dancer Richard Cilli will unite in the hauntingly hypnotic dance and music work, Recital, at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, from 28 February, before heading to The Substation, Newport from 20 March 2019.
Recital brings together Edwardes and Cilli’s distinct virtuosic talents in this collaboration directed by acclaimed choreographer Gideon Obarzanek, with composition and sound design by Australia’s leading electro-pop composer, Paul Mac.
“Several years in the making, we can’t wait to bring Recital to Sydney and Melbourne audiences,” says Edwardes. “For me, our show is about rhythm and form investigated in all its visceral ways, through the lens of dance and percussion.”
“It has been a challenging yet satisfying process learning how to move with Richard under Gideon’s direction, one which has pushed my previously honed talents as a concert percussionist to new heights.”
A dancer and percussionist come together in this strange, mesmerising double act about how movement sounds and how sound moves. Set in the orthodox world of a music and dance recital, the ambiguous relationship between the two performers intensifies; the outcomes are impressive, disturbing and wildly ecstatic.
“This is a fascinating work where the lines between music and dance are blurred,” said Cilli. “We have worked on moving in phase and in polyrhythms; it takes a lot of focus and listening to move in such a refined way, but the effect is really powerful, and strangely hypnotic.”
Director: Gideon Obarzanek Performers: Richard Cilli, Claire Edwardes Lighting Design: Bosco Shaw Composition and Sound Design: Paul Mac, Claire Edwardes Producer: Erin Milne
Lennox Theatre – Riverside Theatres, Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Season: 28 February – 2 March 2019
Information and Bookings: www.riversideparramatta.com.au
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport
Season: 20 – 22 March 2019
Information and Bookings: www.thesubstation.org.au
Image: Richard Cilli and Claire Edwardes – photo by Ross Coulter