22-24 May 2009
I was brought in as a performer/improviser and facilitator to creating musical moods for the dancers to work/rehearse to, as well as being a solo cellist improvising to, and working with, the main soundtrack; leading the 4 London Contemporary Orchestra members, and duetting with Seaming To.
Darren Johnston: Choreographer and LABAN graduate who previously collaborated with Squarepusher (2003’s Silicon Sensorium at the South Bank), Aphex Twin & Chris Cunningham (Traffic Festival Turin, 2005) and integrated new music from Jamie Lidell, Mira Calix, Tim Exile and Venetian Snares in his productions.
Underdrome is his production, at the Roundhouse in London, a 360 degree experience where dance, voices, music and video collide.
Underdrome has been created specially for the Roundhouse, in response to its architecture and heritage. As well as 30 dancers and a 100-strong choir, it brings together artists at the forefront of their field, including visual artist/animator (and Autechre/Leila collaborator) Michael England, plus set designers Block 9. The production also features an integrated soundtrack mixed live by Zan Lyons, juxtaposing classic material from Warp Records artists alongside other electronic musicians – Vladislav Delay, Murcof and Seaming – and specially commissioned new pieces. The soundtrack is devised and performed in collaboration with Semay Wu, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Michael England – 360 visuals [worked for Skam and Warp Records doing artwork, logotypes and live visuals for artists including Autechre, Bola, Meam, Mayming, Graham Massey, Leila and Demdike Stare, and many others]
Seaming – voice
Fukiko Takase – dancer
Sarah Linstra – dancer
Wei Chun Luo – dancer