We live in a modern version of tribal society, especially in cities. People tend to relate to others like them, we’re still easily divided by age, gender, sexuality, race, class. Poets meet with poets, musicians with musicians…In the midst of summer here in the U.K, we’ve taken Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy-tale the Snow Queen as our source of inspiration. It is full of stories within stories, beautiful language and incredibly rich imagery. We’re artists working in different disciplines. We’re used to working on our own – in our own ‘language’ – so it’s different and exciting to be in collaboration with each other. What does the story mean to us?
Peter's first thoughts:
“Of all the stories described as ‘fairy tales’ that I encountered as a child, The Snow Queen was the one that haunted me the most. So, when the prospect of a collaboration arose, it immediately sprang to mind as an ideal subject and I was delighted that my fellow collaborators agreed!
The tale is multi-layered and even in the early stages of our work, I was astonished by how much I had forgotten but also by how many diverse readings it can sustain. Nonetheless, a central theme still seems to me to be loneliness and this is reflected in the music I have so far contributed to the project. It is all composed for solo viola and consists of a series of movements reflecting episodes and characters from the story.”