“Dancing is music made visible... See the music, hear the dance.”George Balanchine, choreographer
Music and dance have always been intertwined, and much of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's own repertoire comes from our composers writing for the ballet stage. In our 2017-18 season, dance comes to the fore as we celebrate the work of Igor Stravinsky - arguably the greatest composer for dance of the 20th century, whose work continues to stimulate new choreography and inspire composers of all genres.
Recent dance collaborations include the LPO's work with choreographer Aakash Odedra, whose choreography for Ravi Shakar's Sukanya was drawn from Indian classical dance styles. Our ongoing relationship with Rambert has brought contemporary dance and music together in our LPO Soundworks intensive projects over three years. We are looking forward to our next collaboration in April 2018 - details of how to sign up to take part in the project will be announced in the autumn.
In this section of The Studio we invite you to "see the music, hear the dance" by gaining insights from professionals in the business, and trying your hand at composing for choreography.
Mark Bowden on working collaboratively
Mark Bowden is a composer of chamber, orchestral and vocal music. A dance background and long-standing interest in the art-form has resulted in frequent collaboration with choreographers, and a stint as Music Fellow at contemporary dance company, Rambert.
Mark joined us at our LPO Soundworks Spotlight Day in October 2016, which focused on music and dance, and gave some insights into the relationship between these creative art forms.