“We are delighted to present the second ever staging of Trevor Wishart & Mick Banks’ landmark Hebden Bridge site-specific music composition/environment ‘Landscape’ (1970)*. Consisting in a series of experimental music-theatre situations: scored for pre-specified activities, outdoor locations, times and durations; the work spans twelve hours over one day. Cast for performance is hundreds-strong: joined by local musicians, artists, cyclists, school children, community groups, business and institutions. Listen out for the ‘Royd’s Ices Piece’, whose vans will be playing unusual sounds, selling their legendary mysterious black ice-cream.
To experience the work is a re-framing of the everyday, the imagined fabric of our quirky mythical town as both stage and raw material – is it normal, is it art, does it matter?
The piece culminates around dusk, with singers on the hillsides, ‘redfire’ and rockets, semaphore flares as ciphers. But what does it all mean?’
*First performed during the ‘A-Wake Festival’ (1970). For both, no known documentation currently exists.
This event was kindly supported by an Arts Council England, Lottery Grants Award; Sound and Music; the British Music Collection (#BMC50); Hebden Bridge Arts Festival; Royd’s Ices; New Blankets; Word of Mouth; Noisy Toys and many more.