Music, dance and theatre students to stage a fast-paced hour of minute-long works
.by Liz Crompton
Sixty musical works, 60 seconds or less, played in succession for a total of 60 minutes, with a giant clock keeping count.
60x60, an event concept that's spread across the world in the decade
since it was created to showcase a maximum amount of new music to the
largest possible audience. Initially featuring music only, the format
lends itself to collaborations with artists from other disciplines such
as video and dance, each work of which also lasts 60 seconds.
January 16, Concordia's departments of Music, Theatre and Contemporary
Dance will be joining forces at the D.B. Clarke Theatre to present
60x60 +Dance +Theatre 2013.
"It's a multi-sensory
production/performance," says Eldad Tsabary, a lecturer in the music
department and former Canadian director of 60x60 who brought the event
"The opportunity to work with artists of other
media is very inspiring," he says. "It's interesting to see dance and
electroacoustic students discussing and using the same terms - such as
'texture' - but meaning different things. This process expands their
concepts of creativity."
A dozen of the 60 juried compositions in
the January show are by Concordia students, while the rest are from
composers across Canada. The works were arranged into a
macro-composition exactly one hour long and then uploaded, in sequence,
to a private webpage. The participating dance and theatre students chose
the pieces they wanted to interpret by visiting the page to listen to
the music and read the brief descriptions of the composers and the
"It's a bit like online dating," says Silvy Panet-Raymond,
acting chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance. She's made the
event part of the curriculum for the third-year choreography class,
while it's optional for those in second year.
Erin Hill is one
of the almost three dozen dance students who'll be involved. "I think
it's great, especially because of the constraints: the more precise the
rules, the more creative you can be, because you can't question - as in,
doubt - the time or the music."
Several 60x60 events have been
held at Concordia since 2008, including the Canadian debut in 2009 of
60x60 Dance, for which dance students choreographed works to accompany
each composition. For the first time at Concordia, theatre students will
also take part. They can use their voices as long as it serves the
music, not compete with it.
"I took into consideration the level
of difficulty and how directing a small group of performers could be
easily done. Then I applied my specialization in clown and worked off
visuals," says student Kendall Savage of her approach, which resulted in
her creation of three separate 60-second performances that could be
inserted into any piece of music.
Hill appreciates the rare
opportunity to collaborate with her fellow students in music and
theatre. "It's such an important thing for people in different
disciplines to come together," she says. "It stimulates creativity and
community - and it's so much fun." What
: 60x60 +Dance +Theatre 2013When
: January 16, 2013, from 6 to 7 p.m. Where
: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Hall Building (H-0050), 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Sir George Williams campus
Free of charge. Everyone welcome. Related links:
Photo of a 60x60 event at Concordia University by Patryk Stasieczek.