Free Exercise, 2014-2016
19.10.2016 | 19:00 – 20:30
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Marina Rosenfeld’s work foregrounds the social and performative entanglements of bodies, especially in the act of making music. In Free Exercise (2014-2016) she stages a hybrid orchestra made up of military and experimental musicians, mapping a large-scale composition for drummers, percussionists, wind players, and others over two key sites in Montréal: the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and a nearby regimental drill hall. Participants, including the Fusiliers du Mont-Royal (an enlisted band based at the Armoury of the Fusiliers Mont-Royal) and many luminaries from Montréal’s rock, contemporary, and free/improvised music scenes, will mount an initial collective performance on the exhibition’s opening night. The approximately 70-minute performance will see participants, distributed within the vast drill hall, engaging in a series of collective musical “exercises”, testing the limit points of rhythmic and melodic unisons. In subsequent performances, segments of the work will be restaged within the confines of the museum, further extending the sonic juxtapositions and mappings of the initial performance into the space of the exhibition.
Free Exercise was originally performed in the series of linked galleries at the Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen, Norway, as part of Borealis Festival 2014, and featured performers from the Royal Norwegian Naval Band. Rosenfeld’s new version for La Biennale de Montréal moves the work into open, resonant space and expands upon sequences from the Norwegian production that highlight patterns of cooperation and conflict that play out in acoustic space.
Free Exercise is produced by La Biennale de Montréal with the collaboration of Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal and the Cathcart Armoury for BNLMTL 2016, The Grand Balcony.
Photo: Guy L’Heureux