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In-Between the Real and the Ideal – Choreography for Water Music


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“An interdisciplinary, multi-sensory “Art + Music” collaboration with the Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD), exploring the possibilities for cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts. Seven internationally acclaimed artists who have various affiliations with Louisville and KyCAD will create site-specific, time-based artworks that build upon, interpret, or reimagine a variety of orchestral works, some of which themselves were inspired by the visual arts or are evocative of extra-musical subjects: works by Handel, Schumann, Stravinsky, Ravel, Bartók, Ives and Mussorgsky, in a concert under the galvanizing leadership of Music Director Teddy Abrams. Pakistani-American artist Mariam Eqbal, who teaches at the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University, will use Abrams’s motions as he conducts Handel as the basis for her work. This will involve moving image projections onto multiple surfaces, combined with hand-drawing, abstracting the timing and form of the music as expressed through the conductor’s gestures into formal visual elements” — 21C Media Group, 2019

Mariam Eqbal’s doing something really interesting with light and a screen that’s not actually for video,” Abrams told Waits in the podcast. “The orchestra obviously faces out, toward the audience. I face the orchestra. This light is going to come from the orchestra. There’s going to be a big screen between the audience and me. So the light that’s blasting at me from the orchestra is going to create a giant shadow of all my movements on this screen. So: light, me, screen, audience.” — Insider Louisville, 2019