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In Performance: Alessandro Sciarroni’s Don’t be frightened of turning the page (Santarcangelo Festival)

Alessandro Sciarroni Don’t be frightened of turning the page July 6-8, 2018 In “Don’t be frightened of turning the page,” Alessandro Sciarroni performs a solo rendition of the endurance and repetition strategies that characterize his work. The piece begins as fluorescent fixtures switch on in series with an ominous electric thump and crackle. Sited in a high school gym for the version we saw, spectators sit on gym mats around the central court markings; the lines quickly become recontextualized into boundaries for the extreme sport and play that Sciarroni offers. Sciaronni enters, marks the diagonals like a gymnast starting a floor routine, but the gesture quickly turns into a different pattern: an accelerating ramp up to the main choreography. While the central concept o...

First Person: Worldwide Vexations (Global)

In a recent collaboration, musicians in cities around the world put together a singular performance comprised of 97 musicians in 16 different cities concurrently. This was broadcast on a central website via webcam. The piece being performed was Eric Satie’s Vexations–a piece when performed in its entirety, is repeated 840 times, totaling an 18-hour performance. Very few other performances of the piece in its totality have occurred. The most notable being a performance put on by John Cage and David Tutor at the Pocket Theater in New York in 1963. In the 2012 performance, titled Worldwide Vexations, performers would broadcast individual performances simultaneously from a central website, not only to complete the 18 full hours, but also to make a statement about collaboration in music. ...