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About the Grant

$33,000 to support In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni (At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed By Fire) (MAP 2011), a new evening-length multimedia work by Carla Kihlstedt and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

About the Project

In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni focuses on the process of physical and psychological mirroring, through which dreams influence lives. The work will be both modular and generative, with performers contributing content from their own dreams; it will play and move in a palindrome-like sequence of semi-improvised sections.

The music will be written on a series of small Plexiglas teleprompters that will hang throughout the space. The players will not only have control of the lights that frame or hide them, but will also shift physically from one movement to the next—moving between formal chamber configurations and more dramatically evocative configurations both on- and off-stage. The piece will vary with each performance, as there will be a great deal of autonomy for each player. Musical moments that are swept up in the texture of the ensemble one night might be a stark solo moment the next night.

The composition will be scored for three trios (flute, clarinet, bassoon; guitar, percussion, piano; and violin, cello, bass) alongside Kihlstedt, who will perform on vocals and violin. The project will be developed as part of ICElab, a new commissioning, incubation, and outreach program produced by ICE, which features weeklong incubation workshops, nationwide premieres, a new and interactive online venue, and a series of innovative educational workshops in Brooklyn public schools.

Related Websites

International Contemporary Ensemble Foundation, Inc.



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