The ancient Greeks already believed that the cosmos produced music. In 1967 they were proven right, when the first pulsar was discovered: a spinning dead star that emits a regular pulse. The discovery inspired Gérard Grisey to create a masterpiece for a percussion ensemble, called Le Noir de l’Étoile. Choreographer Marc Vanrunxt kneads it into a fascinating space trip for music and dance; composer/sonologist Hugo Morales Murguía counters it with a new work.
The sound of a pulsar provides the pulse of Grisey’s music, which propels the four dancers from Kunst/Werk and the musicians from Slagwerk Den Haag. Mexican Hugo Morales Murguía, who is now based in the Netherlands, made a composition for four percussionists with solar panels and a rotating light beacon as an 'answer' to Grisey. According to Marc Vanrunxt, the Drawings program is built around contrasts: *"The audible versus the inaudible; the visible versus the invisible; the perceptible versus the barely perceptible. It is a dive into the cosmos, the space surrounding us versus the unreachable.
The evening starts in the atrium of Muziekgebouw with the installation-version of A Question Of Ma by Amos Ben-Tal, choreographer and musician, and Gosse de Kort, an interdisciplinary artist with a background in architecture. This kinetic installation consists of various mobile elements, each spinning around its axis. A landscape of ever-shifting boundaries.