Image shown: Justin Grounds (violinist) and Inma Pavon (dancer) performing Last Dance at Clonakilty Hospital as part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme. Photo credit: Clare Keogh.

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
Time: 2pm
Booking: Free event, booking is advised (ph: 028 22090). Donations are welcome.


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