Hospice Lazy, a concert performance with Alpaca Ensemble and Alwynne Pritchard
Hospice Lazy is a project exploring what happens with music making and performing when we take away the “holding up” of the body, or when we approach the instrument and music from the body moving. We worked with engaging in different types of visualisation, inner awareness and sensory feeling.
Alwynne is a performance artist, musician and composer. Her focus on how we create and use her pieces is a mixture of the different expressions. She has created a very clear script or score, including visual, sound recordings of our improvisations edited to create a large composition, her own voice and us. Both playing, or just sensing.
I really enjoy the part where we breathe three breaths in a relaxed “neutral position”, then the next three breaths we explore our instrument with our body, as if we had never touched it before. Gradually we go into playing – when I see the video recording of it, it’s a very sensual moment. And it creates a strong presence.
In the following video you can see how we work on creating an inner energy, then gradually we are exploring the movements, and the by-product being sound, also very small movements, still creating a special type of energy. All the music is improvised, but with clear rules of what to do at any given time. We experiment with this sensory awareness and energy. Alwynne takes part in the work and she creates with us, a works that involve a new use of the body in contemporary composition, rooted in physical, theatrical and visual:
The composer Jennifer Walshe is calling this type of performance involving the use of bodies in the compositions, “the new discipline”:
Perhaps we are finally willing to accept that the bodies playing the music are part of the music, that they’re present, they’re valid and they inform our listening whether subconsciously or consciously. That it’s not too late for us to have bodies. — Jennifer Walshe, Roscommon, January 2016 (Walshe, 2016)