Wayne Horivitz’s 55: Music and Dance in Concrete premieres this September in Washington and Arizona. At the beginning of June, Fleenor spent 5 days with Horvitz and Martine, wandering cold concrete bunkers, recording improvisations and written works for the large-scale piece.


Created by Wayne Horvitz with Yukio Suzuki, Yohei Saito, and Tucker Martine, 55: Music and Dance in Concrete is a shifting site-specific multimedia performance featuring dance, video and sound installation.


Designed to highlight the unique visual and acoustic elements of the chosen sites, the project’s foundation is an electronic score –  a single work composed of fragments from 55 improvised and 55 composed pieces, recorded by ten musicians performing in the cistern and bunkers of Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. Charged with myriad acoustic phenomena found in the corners and turns of the spaces, and the cistern’s 45-second natural reverb, the score was composed and recorded with engineer/producer Tucker Martine during a 2012 Centrum Residency, for a collaborative installation and performance with video artist Yohei Saito and choreographer Yukio Suzuki/KINGYO.

Performances will feature the same score in a unique utilization of each venue’s specific architectural and acoustic spaces.

55: Music & Dance in Concrete will be premiered at Fort Worden as part of Centrum’s Reverberations series, in addition to the Arizona State University Art Museum. Additional site-specific versions of the piece will occur in Seattle presented by Rainier Beach Merchant Association’s (RBMA) Art Walk Rainier Beach, in association with SEEDArts.

More information: www.55inconcrete.com

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