Scott Walker - And Who Shall Go To The Ball ?
05 September 07
In 2006, Scott Walker confirmed his position as one of the most singular talents working in any field of the arts by releasing the incomparable album, The Drift.
Later that year, Scott was commissioned by London’s South Bank Centre to write music for a contemporary dance piece. He immediately started work, and the completed score was recorded in the Spring of 2007.
Entitled And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?, the entirely instrumental composition is made up of four movements with a total running time of 25 minutes.
Scott has this to say about the music : “Apart from a slow movement given over to solitude, the music is full of edgy and staccato shapes or cuts, reflecting how we cut up the world around us as a consequence of the shape of our bodies. How much of a body does an intelligence need to be potentially socialised in an age of ever-developing AI ? This is but one of many questions that informed the approach to the project.”
When the music was completed, it was given to choreographer Rafael Bonachela and a dance company called Candoco, whose ranks include both able-bodied and disabled dancers. With production and lighting design also influenced by Scott’s approach to the project, the first public performance took place at the Contact Theatre in Manchester on April 26th.
Since then, the company have toured the piece around Europe to much acclaim, and in September they return to the UK to perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London for two nights before going nationwide (see below).
To coincide, 4AD will make the music for And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball? available as a limited edition release in deluxe packaging on September 24th. It will never be re-pressed.
It is possible to pre-order this item here on the 4AD website. 2000 copies are being made available for purchase in the UK, with 500 allocated for online sales here.
Forthcoming UK Performances of And Who Shall Go To The Ball? And What Shall Go To The Ball?...
September 25th & 26th London, Southbank Centre, QEH
October 16th & 17th Poole, Lighthouse
October 23rd Sheffield, Crucible
October 26th University of Herts, Hatfield
November 8th Leicester, Peepul Centre
November 15th Malvern Theatre
November 24th Newcastle Dance City
And Who Shall Go?...