Lockdown Commission – Mixed Phrases

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So excited to share the film of my new piece ‘Mixed Phrases’, written for & performed with the amazing Lawrence Power, beautifully filmed & recorded by Jessie Rodger & Brett Cox at The Asylum, Peckham – commissioned by The Viola Commissioning Circle

As a French person living in the UK, I’m interested in the interplay between language and identity, especially in performance. ‘Mixed Phrases’ draws on this dichotomy as it moves between two parallel worlds. In one instance, we find ourselves in a familiar world, right here on Earth, featuring the rich sound of the viola and words by Arthur Rimbaud (a section of ‘Phrases’ from ‘Les Illuminations’). In the next, we are in a more unfamiliar place, somewhere higher in the sky, the ethereal violin lines becoming entangled in a new reconstructed language (Rimbaud’s words again but this time fragmented, internalised and reformed into a new language).