Common Sounds: Touching the Void

Common Sounds

Rambert Dance Company, the London Contemporary Orchestra, the NeoFuturist Collective and others came together to devise new audio-kinetic adventures within this iconic building on Kensington High Street

Sir Robert Matthew's building has been closed to the public since 2002. It teeters between the remembered, the future and the strange existence of a near 10-year pause. Responding to the rules and nature of the space, a diverse spectrum of artists operating at the forefront of site responsive theatre worked to form a cyclic narrative using music and performance that represented a decade of limbo and a building of many different ends.

Friday's lengthened performances offered a rare chance to see a new staging of Harrison Birtwistle's Orpheus Elegies by the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Praise for the artists:
The dance is fierce and violent, and Dane Hurst gives a tremendous performance, both in physical means and anguished eloquence – utterly compelling: The Times

I went to an event staged by the London Contemporary Orchestra, It was a liberation to be out of a formal concert hall, with those fraught, unspoken rules about when to sit, cough or clap; we were there for the music itself: The Guardian