March 2010 sees the launch of New Moves, a unique three-year cross-arts residency at LSO St Luke’s, London. Supported by Arts Council England and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the series comprises nine concerts over three years, each featuring a different Jerwood Commission: a collaboration with, or commission from, an outstanding emerging artist or ensemble operating outside the traditional limits of the classical music sphere. Enriched in its first season by partnerships with actors, animators, dancers and singers, the series aims to push the boundaries of the concert experience, and to offer new perspectives on a thrilling variety of repertoire.
The 2010 season opens with Inferno on 19 March, coinciding with Aurora’s fifth birthday. Following a critically-acclaimed collaboration in 2008 (ʻOne of the most exciting and electrifying evenings I’ve spent at the opera in recent seasons,’ Opera Magazine) the orchestra welcomes back Mahogany Opera and its director Frederic Wake-Walker for the first of its Jerwood Commissions. Berio’s monumental Laborintus II – a semi- staged work for singers, tape, narrator and ensemble written to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s birth – becomes the basis for a dramatic exploration of the human psyche, featuring guest narrator Peter Eyre and pioneering interactive lighting techniques. A thrillingly diverse programme also includes the medieval troubadour music beloved of Dante himself, works by Gabrieli and Britten, and John Adams’ effervescent Son of Chamber Symphony.
New Moves continues on 9 July with In-Flight Entertainment, featuring leading capoeira group Cordão de Ouro. Building on the success of a first partnership in 2008 (ʻA brilliant combination of Aurora Orchestra and tight-wheeling capoeira dancers’, Time Out, Critics’ Top Five Musical Events of 2008), this performance brings together works by Rameau, Stravinsky, Balakirev, Pärt and Julian Anderson with Afro-Brazilian martial dance for an evening of virtuosic dance music inspired by the themes of this year’s City of London Festival.
The 2010 New Moves season concludes with Yankee Doodles (9 October), a feast of music and moving image featuring screenings of the brilliant Tom and Jerry cartoon The Cat Concerto alongside Gene Kelly’s lavish ballet finale from the 1951 film An American in Paris, with live performances of their respective scores by Scott Bradley and George Gershwin. This performance also sees the unveiling of an exciting new partnership with Central St Martins College of Art and Design, with a major new moving image commission based around Saint- Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals.