Sound festival ends with music, dance and silent masterpiece

The annual sound festival programme at Woodend Barn in Banchory comes to a close this week with two special music collaborations.

On Thursday evening (November 10 at 7.30pm) the North east’s new music festival once again joins forces with dance festival, Dance Live!, for a music/dance quadruple bill.

Leading choreographer/dancer Michael Popper and Simon Smith, piano, will perform two pieces - one set to Myra Hess’s transcription of JS Bach’s Jesus bleibet meine Freude, the second being a tribute to the great 20th century Russian poet, Esenin with music by Nigel Osborne.

The first of the other two pieces sees a solo dancer from Smallpetitklein Dance Company exploring the impact of 9/11 on those left behind after the tragedy, and the second sees choreographer/dancer Rosalind Masson collaborating with sound artist Jan Hendrickse.

On Friday at 8pm, Woodend Barn will screen one of the most celebrated silent movies made in Hollywood. Murnau’s 1927 visual masterpiece Sunrise, A Song of Two Humans.

The screening of this moving love story will be accompanied by a specially composed score written by award-winning Aberdeen-born musician Graeme Stephen that will be performed live.

“Sound has always been in a leader in cross art form collaboration bringing together musicians, dancers, visual artists and more,” says Fiona Robertson sound Festival Programme Co-oridnator.

“We are delighted to continue our on-going relationship with Dance Live in an evening of dance and music at the Barn”.

“Murnau’s movie is one of the great pieces of silent cinema,” she adds “and we are sure that Graeme Stephen’s specially composed score played live on the night will bring a whole new level of experience to this remarkable film.”

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