Gouttes d'un Sang Etranger (Drops of Foreign Blood)

Music: Felicity Wilcox/Marin Marais
Visual Design and Images: Natasha Dusenjko and Felicity Wilcox
Text: Felicity Wilcox.   
Script consultant: Helen Pitcher


Freya Schack-Arnott-Cello
Jason Noble-Clarinets
Felicity Wilcox-Spoken word

 

Gouttes d'un sang Etranger (Drops of Foreign Blood) is an immersive multimedia work by Australian composer Felicity Wilcox that offers an alternative concert experience. Originally composed for saxophone and viola da gamba, this version for clarinet and cello features two of Sydney's most talented performers, and 100clicksWest favorites, Freya Schack-Arnott and Jason Noble.  The music contains echoes of a French Suite by Marin Marais, viol virtuoso of the court of Louis XIV. Wilcox reframes this hauntingly beautiful early Baroque work in a modern setting that blends 21st century musical gesture, English and French text, and electronic atmospheres.

The narrative reflects on the story of the French ancestor of the composer, who left his farming origins at the end of the 19th century, to go to Australia, making a new life for himself in Sydney as an engineer on the wharves.

The image layer, created by Melbourne artist Natasha Dusenjko in collaboration with the composer, blends treated still images of old family portraits with video shot on location in France's Rhone Valley, and Sydney Harbour. Through its intimately personal perspective, this multilayered work explores universal and highly politicised themes of migration, dislocation, belonging and identity.

Please note: this event features images of deceased persons.

Ticket price (includes wine and nibbles) $45

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Artwork by Natasha Dusenjko

Artwork by Natasha Dusenjko