Darkness and Light
Lynette Wallworth and Bernard Foccroulle
Darkness and Light is a remarkable collaboration between artist Lynette Wallworth and organist, composer and conductor Bernard Foccroulle that transcends the conventional form of the organ recital.
Taking its title from a work by leading Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina, the performance ranges across 350 years of organ music: from the baroque constructions of Bach and Buxtehude and Messiaen's ecstatic celebration of God and Nature, to the evocative sound pictures of Toshio Hosokawa, all performed by Foccroulle. Wallworth’s two-channel video projections accompany each piece, the combined work revealing new visual and acoustic appreciations of organ music.
White Light Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, USA
Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall, Omiyacho, Japan
Royal Festival Hall, London, United Kingdom
Wallworth’s commission presents rich imagery drawing together evocative portraits of Australian landscapes, natural and man-made, with astronomical footage contributed by NASA. The images and music, in continual conversation, amplify and reshape each other, becoming a powerful and emotive reflection on the forces that bind humanity, landscape and the cosmos.
Darkness and Light was created by Lynette Wallworth and Bernard Foccroulle in 2014. Produced by Karsten Witt Musik Management in association with Forma. A co-production by Palais des Beaux-Arts, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Southbank Centre, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Laeiszhalle und Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Concert en congresgebouw de Doelen and Adelaide Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Lynette Wallworth's video and photographic art has been shown in festivals from Vienna to Sundance, from the Lincoln Center to the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Her work movingly explores the relationship of humans to the natural world and she has worked with composer György Kurtàg, songwriter Antony Hegarty, ENO and the Young Vic.
Background image: Lynette Wallworth and Bernard Foccroulle, Darkness and Light, 2014 (still)