The Conductor

While listening to “I Giorni” by Ludovico Einaudi I felt that many universal truths were conveyed as happens often whilst listening to music. What if a deaf man, however, was to visit a musical performance? Would there be any chance of these truths being conveyed to him as well?

I suggest they could through the physicality of an orchestral conductor. This figure does, unlike the theatre director, not merely organise and bundle themes and truths, but channels and projects them onto the audience in an active and present manner. Since the conductor is not a character, he is always authentic and organic. Therefore he has become somewhat of a creative ideal to me.

I wish to exploit this ideal by placing a conductor on a theatre stage. The performance’s aim is not to actually conduct or copy specific movements to indicate volume or speed, but to visualise a musical score with the help of a physical score and thus help to bring about a sense of catharsis. I will use the music piece “Le Sacre du Printemps” by Igor Stravinsky to create this score.

The purpose of stage, lighting and costume will merely be to facilitate and emphasise the physicality of the conductor, as will all other elements of production. The vast amount of people who conduct their own recordings at home indicates to me a strong potential for catharsis embedded in this performance technique.

The Conductor (full version – pdf)

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