Shine on, to the song cycle by Britten and Auden On This Island featuring live singer Katherine McIndoe and pianist Jason Ridgway.
Choreography: Richard Alston
Music: Benjamin Britten, On This Island Lighting Zeynep Kepekli
Costumes: Fotini Dimou
Pianist: Jason Ridgway
Singer: Katherine McIndoe
On This Island is early music by Britten; he was 24 and this was his first song cycle for voice and piano. The piece was born of a close friendship with the poet W H Auden and the words of the poems are superb, often searing in their stark clarity and pessimism. Britten set them to music of extraordinary simplicity, everything extraneous pared away. This is challenging music to choreograph but at the same time inspirational.
Commissioned by DanceEast and Snape Maltings. Generously supported by The Tezmae Charitable Trust.