Drawing inspiration from her performance Under The Vaulted Sky, created for  IF: Milton Keynes International Festival 2014, choreographer Rosemary Lee has joined forces with film-maker Roswitha Chesher to create Liquid Gold Is the Air.     Filmed in the Cathedral of Trees, a magical arboretum planted more than 40 years ago in Milton Keynes, this video combines moments of stillness with swathes of vibrant colour, movement and sound  as clusters of dancers appear and disappear amongst a cavernous backdrop of trees.  Together choreographer and filmmaker  have captured a cast of 80 performers as they moved through the dappled sunlight to create a three-screen video installation.  Richly coloured iconographic images and fleeting dances are set against a sound track by Graeme Miller that incorporates an original music composition by Terry Mann.

Awarded a special prize at Limerick’s Light Moves Festival, and described as “delicate and strong, magical yet profoundly tangible and above all full of hope” Liquid Gold is the Air is touring the country and will be viewable as a video installation in the north transept of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral during June. (more…)

‘One spring morning in AD 203, a young woman by the name of Vibia Perpetua, about twenty-two years old, well born, liberally educated, honourably married, went joyfully to her death before a great crowd in the amphitheatre at Carthage.’

From the impressive Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Cantata Dramatica presents the world premiere of Perpetua, a new dramatic cantata composed by Nick Bicât to a libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker. Nick Bicât is an award-winning theatre and film composer, whose music is both contemporary and accessible; whilst director Pete Champness is an established film-maker and director. The solo singers and the instrumental ensemble come predominantly from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and will be conducted by Andrew Parrott.  Video projections will feature dancers from Trinity Laban. (more…)