14. ARMS OF LOVE – THE SONG COMPANY
CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO COVID
The Song Company and choreographer-dance Thomas E. S. Kelly – from contemporary indigenous dance company Karul projects – reunite in a pageant of light and movement to Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, and I pray the sea by (Newcastle’s own) Australian composer Chris Williams, commissioned with funding from the Silo Collective and setting words from No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani. William’s flotilla of seven short fragments and one extended final movement is interspersed with Buxtehude’s intimate 17th-century cycle of seven cantatas on the physical and spiritual aspects of the Crucifixion. Co-curated/directed by Robert Macfarlane, with choreography by Thomas E.S. Kelly, against the backdrop of an ongoing refugee crisis at home and abroad.