Multicoloured creativity with Daniel Hope
In these dark days, it's so good to be collaborating again with the endlessly creative violinist Daniel Hope, who brings colour into our lives by combining art with music and in a thousand other ways.
Daniel's new album For Seasons is due to be released on March 3rd. and it was great to get an advance copy in the post yesterday. Daniel has chosen a watercolour of mine from 1989 to accompany the month of June with the Barcarolle from Tchaikovsky's Seasons. My painting was inspired by Nacho Duato's modern dance work Arenal, created for the Netherlands Dance Theater - the dancers' wide skirts flung into the summer heat.
1989 was an amazing year for me creatively. In addition to making many paintings of dance, I also co-created a ballet with kinetic painting for the Netherlands Dance Theater. When I sent the video to Simon Rattle he suggested we work together, culminating in a BBC televised performance with the CBSO in 1993. My years with dance are described in earlier blogs - Here's the link to one of them.
Daniel has long been interested in various Gesamtkunst forms - effectively combining various art disciplines to create music-theatre. I was thrilled to hear that I'm to be featured with kinetic painting to music in the 2017/18 Season of Daniel's Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the theme: Art is in Residence. Watch this space for details!
Already programmed is a performance of Stravinsky's l'Histoire du Soldat for June 23th 2018 in the Essen Philharmonie. The evening before my 85th birthday. What a great incentive to stay creatively active!