A ground-breaking multi-media performance piece for piano soloist, ballerina and digital animation will receives its world premiere on Tuesday 19 December 2017.
Challenging the traditional concert format in order to reach out to new audiences who might not have considered coming to a classical concert before, Alexandra Dariescu has devised the 50-minute piece to reflect her personal take on The Nutcracker which sees her reimagined as Clara – from little girl dreaming to concert pianist.
On stage will be a grand piano, played by Dariescu herself, and a ballerina behind a gauze screen. Projected onto the gauze will be hand-drawn digital animations which follow the music and engage with the pianist and ballerina as they ‘dance’ across the screen.
Tchaikovsky’s ballet music features throughout – including favourites such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Pas de Deux, and Flower Waltz in 15 virtuosic arrangements by Mikhail Pletnev, Stepan Esipoff, Percy Grainger and three brand new variations by Gavin Sutherland.
The world premiere will be followed by performances at Moscow’s International Performing Arts Centre and Norway’s Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival as well as multiple tours to China.
Alexandra Dariescu said:
‘I believe my responsibility as a young artist is to reach out to as many people as possible and to build bridges for those new to classical music. I absolutely love what I do and realised early on that music is my calling but I am also quite aware that we have to be ever more creative to engage, connect and communicate the beauty of our art to our audiences. During one of my education workshops, a 12-year-old asked me what I think of when I play. I told him I like to step into a different world by creating little stories in my mind and trying to convey them through the music I play to anyone who listens. It wasn’t until a little later when I realised that perhaps there is a way to share some of this magic during the moment when it actually happens on stage. The Nutcracker and I takes one of these stories and reimagines it in a very personal context making use of some amazing technology that has never been seen quite like this before in a piano recital.’
Header photo: Alexandra Dariescu