IMAGINED OCCASIONS: OVAL SPACE
The final performance in the LCO’s Imagined Occasions series is at Oval Space, in Bethnal Green. The modern loft venue, formally an old warehouse, is framed by derelict, unfinished concrete structures and The Imperial Gas Company’s 1865 gasometers. This concert explores fears about an uncertain afterlife and ideas around entering paradise and what this is like. Inspired by writers and scientists “heaven” will involve the audience becoming single desensitized particles within the universal matter. Half the audience will be asked to come in light colours and half in dark and they will enter the space from different routes. The LCO, conducted by Robert Ames, perform both in the venue itself and outside in the surrounding structures including the final world premiere of the series, Madrugada by Alastair Putt, as well as music by Thomas Adès, Varèse, Harvey, Globokar, George Benjamin, Pousseur and Vivier’s Variation I for electronics – accompanied by dancers from Nutshell Dance with choreography by Mari Frogner and video by Kira Zhigalina.