New Stages is a research project initiated by Fabricio Mattos in 2018. It combines intense research and careful methodology to a practical and tangible output, where the very basic concepts of artistic performance are scrutinised, denied, stretched, and eventually rewritten. The main basis for this project is a PhD undertaken by Fabricio Mattos at the Royal Academy of Music, London. The connection with such an important and well-respected academic institution provides the project with a robust academic and practical framing, thus creating an important and fertile ground for future growth.
The project is structured into four main sections: analysis of basic dynamics and terminology in artistic performance; a vast research on the history and aesthetics of performance spaces in many countries and cultures; practical application of conceptual, historical, and aesthetic ideas on experimental performance events; revisiting basic dynamics and terminology based on research on published material, field research, and experience acquired with the events produced.
P A S T E V E N T S
Event #I: 'This Is Who We Are' Royal Academy of Music
27 September 2018
27 September 2018
This first event was a conceptual discussion about the 'stage', whether it's a physical, mental, or simply non-existing place. The title derives from the book 'Musicking' by Christopher Small.
The second event of NSS happened in complete darkness, and included ritualistic elements from around the world in an increasingly intense atmosphere.
Performers: (in order of appearance)
Luiz de Campos, beatbox & oboe; Vitor Noah, guitar; Lucy Humphris, trumpet; Irantzu Agirre, harp; Rachel Susser, flute; Lucas Jordan, flute; Magdalena Petrovich, cello; Leona Crasi, piano.
The third event of NSS was inspired on ancient astrological charts and music composed in response to astrological, astronomical, and mathematical events. Participants were immersed into a live representation of the Universe, based on ancient Greek astrological charts.
Performer: Leona Crasi, piano
Concept & Production: Fabricio Mattos & Leona Crasi
Event #5: 'Deconstructing Dance'
Willesden Green Library (Performance Space)
29 May 2019
In this event we deconstructed the aesthetics of dance as a musical genre, exploring in Performance some of the elements shared between Dance and Music. The performance space was divided into three levels, representing three basic elements of dance: gestures, rhythms, and places.
Concept & Production: Fabricio Mattos & Lucas Jordan
Performers: Fabricio Mattos, guitar; Lucas Jordan, flute
We 'make sense' of the world around us by shifting our attention from one thing to the other, using our senses to create our own environment and navigate through what is available to us. In this event of the New Stages Series participants were invited to construct their own landscape of sound and movement by focusing on one (primary) sense.
Performers: Elena Cappelletti, cello; Iñigo Mikeleiz-Berrade, accordion;
Iris Athanasiadi, dance & material manipulation; Lucas Jordan, flutes; Oliver Koch, sound design.
Concept & Production: Fabricio Mattos & Iris Athanasiadi