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.
In describing his intentions for the collaboration with Lynette Wallworth, Bernard Foccroulle said, “In organ music, darkness and light can easily be associated with visual equivalents, but they also refer to obvious theological concepts. Our purpose was to invite the spectator to listen to this music in a new way, and to enrich the music with a visual counterpoint. I very much believe that organ music can be brought into a new life in our time.“
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.
Darkness and Light is created by Lynette Wallworth and Bernard Foccroulle. 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.
Background image: Lynette Wallworth and Bernard Foccroulle, Darkness and Light, 2014 (still)