09 June 2012

A Letter from Julia: new work, 2012

Ranan has begun work on a new performance piece doubly inspired by the life and music of Beethoven and portions of Vikram Seth's novel, An Equal Music. The working title for this piece is A Letter from Julia, and has two letters as initial impulse points:
  1. The first is from fiction: a letter written by Julia – a pianist coming to terms with her growing deafness – to her fellow musician and lover Michael, in Vikram Seth’s novel, An Equal Music.
  2. The second is from life itself: the effusive and emotional letter – known as the Heiligenstadt Testament – written by composer Ludwig Van Beethoven to his brothers as he deals with his growing deafness.
This page will feature images, videos and notes on the creative process of making this production. Responses are welcome.

an extract from An Equal Music

Ranan members were given separate sections of the text and asked to improvise a short piece consisting of both text and movement - watch related video