The Arrangement world premiere July 2014
Concept and Installations by Ken Unsworth
music by Jonathan Cooper
Song cycle for 6 voices, flute, clarinet, cello and piano on texts by A.E.Housman, F.G.Lorca, W.H. Auden, Barnabe Goodge and R.M.Rilke.
Performed by The Song Company, director Roland Peelman.
Choreographed and performed by
Australian Dance Artists.
Susan Barling, Anca Frankenhaeuser, Patrick Harding - Irmer and Ross Philip
Jonathan Cooper has been an associate artist with Ken Unsworth and ADA since The Ringing Glass (Rilke) production in 2009.
In his initial engagement Jonathan was employed as a musical arranger and conductor of select social dance pieces that Ken wanted for this occasion. These were particular songs that he and his late wife Elisabeth held dear and would be played for the guests to share in the memories, and to get up and dance to.
Ken saw in Jonathan the potential for future collaboration and consequently he was involved in The House of Blue Leaves and As I Crossed the Bridge of Dreams, before returning to commissions in his homeland, England.
In 2013, Ken commissioned Jonathan to write a score for a new work, a cantata, which became the basis of The Arrangement. Texts by various poets including Rilke, Auden and Garcia Lorca were brought to musical life by Jonathan. Performed by The Song Company and four musicians these texts provided the structure for The Arrangement together with Ken’s inspirational drawings and evocative ideas.
The music for The Arrangement was presented as a concert at the AGNSW specifically for the Australian Dance Artists to feel an initial response. Then, after a lengthy gestation period, and a considerable amount of complicated construction by the expert crew, the collaborative choreographic process brought The Arrangement to its theatrical conclusion in July 2014.
Photos by Eamonn McLoughlin