SIGNIFICANTUS – A unique keyboard conversation- Created by Lola Perrin

This is a live interative performance project created by composer Lola Perrin

Piano Suite IX ‘SIGNIFICANTUS’ is performed in collaboration with local guest speakers; scientists, artists and other thinkers

TOURING FROM AUTUMN 2016

You can see a performance of this piece at Feeding the Insatiable – Real and imagined narratives of art and energy for a troubled planet.  A creative summit at Dartington Hall November 9-11

“I created this project because I want to stimulate more conversations about positive prospects that are presented by climate change.

Significantus features the performance of my ninth piano suite, presented in collaboration with guest speakers. Scientists, artists and other thinkers respond (as I have in music) to the notion that “talking about a world that has risen to the challenge of climate change is an exciting opportunity” (Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology). Audience members are also invited to make spoken word contributions.

My quest is that the conversation then spreads out from concerts venues, carried forward by both audience members and by this website.

This website is for documenting the texts that arise from the performances. A trail of words will be added as performances come and go, connecting town to town, venue to venue, speaker to speaker, audience member to audience member, website visitor to website visitor.” (Lola Perrin)

 

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Some quotes that have inspired the project:

WE ARE ON THE CUSP OF A NEW PHILOSOPHICAL ERA REVERSING 500 YEARS OF SCIENCE TELLING US HOW INSIGNIFICANT WE ARE.” (MARK MASLIN, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)

As more and more people across global society piece together the internal and external layers of this alarming big picture; this collective, compulsive human violation of our planetary life-support system becomes one of the deepest and most pervasive sources of anxiety in our time. 

Society has created taboos against the public expression of such emotion and anguish, so we struggle to realise that so many of us feel the same. We are held fast, sleepwalking through the shopping malls, distracted, paralysed and overloaded in a continuous barrage of information. 

Over recent decades such collective fear and disempowerment have transformed the way we think about the future; from that exciting 1960s world of excitement, progress and anticipation – to a dark and uncertain world of fear. But if we only talk in terms of fear, chaos, collapse and devastation, we aren’t going to equip, empower and enable people – if we are unable to imagine a positive future, we won’t create it.” (Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology)

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