Decay is a 50 minute performance, including film, pre-recorded vinyl, composition and improvisation, exploring the process of decay. A subject we are troubled by and drawn to in equal measures, since it implies decline and loss but can also open up to change and transformation: be it the fermentation process of food, the patina of treasured furniture, the warm sounds of an old cello, the worn steps of an ancient building, the colourful leaves in autumn or the signs of aging on a friend’s face that make them uniquely and beautifully themselves. Art celebrates this change and transformation, yet many works wish to capture a moment, freeze it in time, prevent it from changing. Decay, however, will embrace the melancholy of loss, and rejoice in the promise of change.
At each concert during the tour (a) guest artist(s) will join us, bringing their own creative practice to the performance. Each new iteration will form the basis for the following concert where another artist joins us. This cumulative process will slowly erode the ‘original’ and generate an ever-evolving multi-authored work. It is this that makes Decay innovative, this slow change over the period of a year, as guest musicians join us, add, change and challenge any sense of an authoritative iteration.
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