Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts

coffee mug on table

PAUSE FOR A MOMENT

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jessica Corner invited Lakeside to help find time away from lockdown video conferencing to pause, relax and think. We've responded by contacting some of our many artist friends and they've provided a short piece to share with you. Over the next few weeks you'll see contributions from professional artists, and from amongst our own community of talented staff and students. Let us know what you think #WeAreUoN #InWithLakeside


FRIDAY 22 MAY: 'LOSING HER VOICE' OPERA BY DR ELIZABETH KELLY

Lakeside Arts worked with Assistant Professor in Music Composition, Dr Elizabeth Kelly to stage her first opera, Losing Her Voice which premiered in in April 2019. Today’s Pause for a Moment brings you highlights from the opera.

Losing Her Voice was inspired by the life of the American opera diva Geraldine Farrar a famous opera singer in the early 20th Century. Farrar made a name for herself singing in the grand opera houses of Europe and America, including the Berlin State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She came to the attention of Cecil B. De Mille who invited her to star in his 1915 silent film version of Carmen. Farrar already had a strong female fan base, known as ‘Gerry-flappers’ and with her film success she became perhaps America’s first true superstar.

Although Farrar lived in the early 20th Century the themes continue to resonate today. The opera explores the cult of celebrity and a world in which fans and audience are no longer merely observers but active participants in the unfolding story.

FOR MORE PAUSE MOMENTS


WEDNESDAY 20 MAY: 'LITTLE DREAMS' BY WILKIE BRANSON

Lakeside has watched Wilkie Branson's progress since first coming across his cinematic approach to dance back in 2010 with the groundbreaking live performance/film production White Caps. This short piece Little Dreams explores aspirations, dreams and fears through animation and dance; it was originally created in 2015 over the period of a year using more than 4000 handcut characters. Wilkie felt it was particularly relevant right now, and we'd like to thank him for sharing it with Lakeside audiences now.

Since Little Dreams Wilkie's immersive dance for cinema practice has continued to develop and TOM blew audiences away back in February as part of the Science and Curiosity Festival. If you'd enjoy seeing more, a new version is being platformed from 22 May for 7 days on Sadlers Wells Digital Stage for those of you who would enjoy a second opportunity to see it.

If you want to know more about Wilkie Branson, find out more here.


MONDAY 18 MAY: 'EURYDICE AND ORPHEUS' BY SAM REDWAY

Sam was commissioned by Lakeside Arts to create a new version of Orpheus and Eurydice to complement Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva's public art work titled Eurydice Prevails* (2019) at Lakeside. Sam's account of the Greek myth entertainingly tells of the lovers' deals struck with Hades to escape the underworld, leading to their interminable condition ...

*Eurydice Prevails is formed of two elm sculptures, and is dedicated to Lady Carol Djanogly, long time supporter and friend to Lakeside Arts. The sculpture is situated behind the D H Lawrence Pavilion, in University Park.


FRIDAY 15 MAY: RAPHAEL WALLFISCH PLAYS 'THE SONGS OF THE BIRDS' AND 'THE CHILDREN'S MARCH'

Today's musical pause has been provided especially for Lakeside Arts and the University of Nottingham's Pause for a Moment by the celebrated British cellist Raphael Wallfisch. With a discography of over 70 CDs he is one of the world's most recorded artists and has performed as a soloist with orchestras the world over as well appearing in major festivals including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Spoleto, Oslo and Schleswig Holstein. Teaching is one of Raphael’s passions. He is in demand as a teacher all over the world and holds the position of professor of cello in Switzerland at the Zürich Hochschule der Kunst.

In addition to his busy solo career he formed a piano trio in 2009 with colleagues Hagai Shaham (violin) and Arnon Erez (piano). We are looking forward to welcoming Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch to Lakeside for the first time in spring 2021.

Today, Raphael Wallfisch plays two pieces. One by Pablo Casals called The Song of the Birds and the other The Children's March by Prokofiev.

If you want to know more about Raphael Wallfisch, find out more here.



WEDNESDAY 13 MAY: BEETHOVEN'S 'WALDSTEIN' SONATA PERFORMED BY JI LIU

Pianist Ji Liu was to have made his debut at the Djanogly Recital Hall on 14 May performing the opening concert in Lakeside Arts and the Royal Concert Hall's Beethoven 250: the Complete Piano Sonatas Festival. With the Festival now on hold, Ji Liu kindly recorded the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata No.21 in C major, Op.53 Waldstein for today's 'Pause'.

Born in China, now resident in London, Ji Liu is an extraordinary pianist, composer and arranger who delights audiences worldwide with his musicianship and fresh interpretations of a wide range of repertoire. We look forward to welcoming Ji Liu to perform at the University in the future.

If you want to know more about Ji Liu, find out more here.


MONDAY 11 MAY: 'DE DUM' BY FEARGUS WOODS DUNLOP FROM NEW OLD FRIENDS

Feargus Woods Dunlop is a founder member of New Old Friends who were due to perform their new show Crimes, Camera, Action at Lakeside Arts later this month. We're delighted that he's shared a brilliantly entertaining little monologue with us from a previous show, Silly Songs of Shakespeare which toured in 2012.

New Old Friends is a theatre company founded in 2008 by Feargus Woods Dunlop and Heather Westwell. The company tours nationally and successfully brings many fantastic and accessible shows to audiences to make them laugh.

If you want to know more, find out more information here.


THURSDAY 7 MAY: 'AN DRO & HORSES BRAWL' BY THE BEESTON CEILIDH COLLECTIVE

The Beeston Ceilidh Collective perform An Dro & Horses Brawl from their homes to bring us a performance to lift our spirits.

A message from The Beeston Ceilidh Collective:

Violet quotation mark
We’re a local ceilidh band from Beeston. It’s been a real challenge not being able to get together to play over the past few weeks and so making this video of all of us playing our parts from our homes has been the next best thing. Several of us have also been taking part in local folk clubs and choirs that have sprung up online. That said, we’re really looking forward to when we can all get together for a proper ceilidh. Until then ..." – The Beeston Ceilidh Collective

Find more information about The Beeston Ceilidh Collective by visiting their website or Facebook page. 


WEDNESDAY 6 MAY: WITHIN HER EYES FROM JAMES COUSINS COMPANY

Enter a secluded world where grief seals the bond between two acquaintances in a duet of fragile dependency.

Within Her Eyes takes the choreography from the internationally acclaimed stage production and places it on location for this intimate and awe-inspiring film. Originally created for the New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase in 2012 and presented as part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2013, Within Her Eyes has gone on to tour the world and astound audiences from Rio to Manilla.

James Cousins Company are one of the UK's brightest young dance companies, this year nominated as Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards 2020. The company believe in the power and global accessibility of dance and are committed to creating dance productions and films that speak to and reach large diverse audiences.

You can find out more about James Cousins Company here.


MONDAY 4 MAY: XUEFEI YANG PERFORMS GENTE HUMILDE ('HUMBLE PEOPLE') BY GAROTO

Today's 'Pause Moment' has been recorded especially by one of the world's finest classical guitarists, Xuefei Yang to lift our spirit's during lockdown. Xuefei plays a lovely piece called Humble People by Brazilian composer Garoto. Garoto wrote this piece during a time when the world was experiencing disruption and was inspired by the dignity of ordinary people. 

Xuefei has been a regular visitor to Lakeside over many years performing solo recitals, a duo recital with Natalie Clein and chamber music with the Heath Quartet. Memorably, she performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the University Philharmonia in a free Summer Symphony in the Park held on Highfields Park some years ago, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the student orchestra.

Xuefei has performed in over 50 countries with the world’s leading orchestras and has made acclaimed recordings for EMI Classics. Gramophone magazine named her as one of the leading innovators of her generation for her commitment to commissioning new works and making her own arrangements, particularly of Chinese and chamber music to add to the guitar repertoire. Currently, Lakeside is working with Xuefei to commission a new concerto for guitar and student chamber orchestra which combines elements of Chinese and western classical music.

You can find out more about artist Xuefei Yang here.


FRIDAY 1 MAY: I'VE GOT A BONE TO PICK WITH YOU BY ADRIAN MEALING

Today's moment is a poem by Adrian Mealing who is one half of The Very Grimm Brothers with his brother John Denton. This piece has been written specifically in light of lockdown with witty, real and charming honesty and we are delighted to share it with you.

Mealing's performance of his poem I've Got a Bone to Pick With You helps keep brilliant small scale performance alive in the hearts and minds of us all during lockdown.  


WEDNESDAY 29 APRIL: JOSE AGUDO

Today's moment is shared by Jose Agudo showcasing various pieces of his work and choreography. Jose Agudo is a rehearsal director and assistant choreographer who began his dance career in 1992. Since then he has worked on several major works including DESH, Until the Lions, London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Sylvie Guillem's tour Life in Progress.

Inspired initially by flamenco dancing, Agudo began to draw himself closer to contemporary dance. His craft beautifully entangles movement with form, ritual, idea and energy choreographing dance through a changing physical landscape. His origins as a flamenco dancer still visibly shine as a continual source of inspiration in his dance.

We are very excited to be joined by Agudo Dance Company who will bring their contemporary adaptation of Prosper Merimée's classic portrait of individuality, freedom and pleasure - CARMEN - to Lakeside Arts in 2020-21.

You can find out more about the artist Jose Agudo by visiting his website here.


MONDAY 27 APRIL: AMBER FROST AND TOM KAY'S BLUE PLANET 2

Final-year Department of Music students, Amber Frost and Tom Kay, were inspired to devise a project for the University's Sustainability week in March with music that encapsulates our planet's beauty.

Amber explains: "The Blue Planet 2 project was created to join together UoN student composers and performers whilst highlighting the issues surrounding climate crisis. I wanted to create a way to address the ways in which human life is destroying the planet, but in a way that was more beautiful to the audience, so that they could appreciate what exists before it's too late, hence my choosing of the BBC's Blue Planet 2. The series as a whole perfectly encapsulates the beauty which our planet possesses, and by composing new music for the stunning video footage, it allowed musicians to really get into the soundworld of the planet and hopefully the concert was able to remind people that we are not alone in this world!"

The first piece is Kelp and Sea Dragons by Tom Kay. The second is Kobudai Fish by Amber Frost.


Join us and The University of Nottingham every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am to enjoy more Moments to Pause.