Baroque violinist Justin Grounds and contemporary dancer Inma Pavon will take part in an afternoon performance at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre on 23 February. The two artists undertook a collaborative project called ‘Last Dance’ with residents of Clonakilty Community Hospital, exploring the famous Chaconne in D minor for Unaccompanied Violin by J.S Bach. This sharing of the work is a performative conversation, an exchange of letters between the artists, the residents of the hospital and Bach.
The whole suite will be performed as a prelude to the Last Dance. This is a dementia friendly event.
Written in 1720 when Bach, then aged 35, returned home after two months travelling to find his beloved wife Maria Barbara had died and been buried – with no news sent to him - this striking piece of music is a technically challenging musical journey for the violinist and a deeply rich experience for audience and performer alike. Recently discovered have been many hidden chorale tunes in the harmony, relating to themes of loss, death and resurrection.
The two artists developed this explorative project over five sessions with participants from Clonakilty Hospital as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, a programme that has supported Justin as Composer in Residence at the hospital for the past year. In December, a double bill of performances took place in two wards. Each of the life performances were designed so that all the residents could participate in their own ways.
Venue: Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Date: Friday 23 February
Booking: Free event, booking is advised (ph: 028 22090). Donations are welcome.