After Hours. Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm. Free
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Hockney’s New York Lost Party
Saturday 15 December, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Free
Inspired by our Hockney to Hogarth exhibition, join us for an evening of music, dance, art, and conversation capturing the essence of the 1961 New York art scene, the year of David Hockney’s life changing visit. This event is part of our After Hours series.
A free glass of wine will be given upon entry, and our bar will be open throughout the night.
Among our highlights will be interpretive dance, live music score performed alongside a screening of an experimental 1961 short film, various musical guests performing hit songs from 1961, with a special final performance altogether to follow.The event is free and no need to book, just drop right in!
………………………………Our featured dance performer is Hannah Buckley:
Hannah Buckley trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK), graduating in 2010. Since graduation she has worked as a freelance performer and creator.
For this event she has choreographed a dance performance for six dancers titled “That’s the way I see it”: A response to Hockney’s autobiography of the same title, who’s thoughts on photography and drawing were mystically transferable to movement, choreography and the body.
Hockney’s concepts of time and space, “relationship to the edge”, ways of seeing and his artistic interests are the foundation of this piece.
Original music by Chris Butler. Listen to his music here:
And we are delighted to have Otto Smart play live music score:
Otto Smart will be performing a live score to ‘Dog Star Man: Prelude’ (1961), a 25-minute silent film directed by the American ‘underground’ director, Stan Brakhage. The score was written for and performed by his trio, which is called Ears in Excellent Condition, whose line-up is: Otto Smart, guitar, melodica, vocals; Chris Payne, soprano saxophone; and, Sophia Lockwood, cello. This will be the fifth film soundtrack he has composed for live performance.
Apart from his film soundtrack work, Otto has mainly focused on writing, recording and performing songs, having released five albums since 2004. And in addition, he is guitarist for the bands The Montgolfier Brothers and At Swim Two Birds.
Rachel Hillary will also be giving a musical performance:
Rachel Hillary is a singer songwriter from Manchester. She loves avocadoes, whiskey and 1960’s dresses. Describing her music as ‘poetry set to song’, Rachel Hillary relies on spontaneity as a source of inspiration, much like the Beat poets; all kinds of great things can happen by accident. Fans of Feist, Birdy, Melanie Safka and Bob Dylan will find Rachel Hillary a complimentary addition to their (already impeccable) musical interests.
This event will also be featuring singer-songwriter Alex Cartwright, listen to his music here:
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