[ISEA97] Artist Statement: Nye Parry — Winter

Artist Statement

Winter is the second half of The Two Seasons, which was commissioned by the Charles Linehan Dance Company with funds from the Robin Howard Trust. The complete work consists of two sections, Summer and Winter, each of approx. 14 minutes duration, and a brief transition section. Summer and Winter have identical temporal structures, and share some common and related material. The choreography in each section is identical, only danced by different dancers. The effect is of viewing a single landscape in different seasons and may be likened to the series paintings of Claude Monet. A unique relationship between the music and the dance is established in which the choreography reinforces the structural relationships between the two pieces of music while the music serves to differentiate the two dances. The Two Seasons was first performed at The Place Theatre in November 1995 and has since had numerous performances including Spring Loaded 96,Woking Dance Umbrella 97, Nottingham Playhouse, and a tour of Estonia and Finland. Winter is presented here as a concert work in its own right. It is the first performance in this form.

  • Nye Parry (UK). Since leaving York University with degrees in music and music technology, Nye Parry has written music for television, dance, installation, and multimedia, as well as writing concert works. Recent projects have included a dance CD ROM with choreographer Mark Baldwin and artist Carole Murcia, an interactive installation as part of Dance Umbrella 96’s Digital Dancing weekend, and new contemporary dance scores for Colin Poole, Yael Flexer (Bedlam), and Charles Linehan. His work has been performed and broadcast throughout Britain and abroad and has received awards and commendations from Bourges, ACREQ, BBC Radio3f Barry Anderson Trust and EMAS/ Friends of the Earth. His tape piece Summer at Giverny was included in the London Sinfonietta’s State of the Nation weekend at London’s South Bank Centre, and subsequently broadcast on Radio 3’s contemporary music programme Hear and Now. In June he presented a paper The integration of anecdotal sounds into an abstract musical language at the Klangart conference in Osnabrueck in Germany, where his work Grand Junction was also performed. In 1996 he was a director of the alt.dance summer school, an exploratory fortnight for professional choreographers, composers and digital artists and he teaches electronic music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is currently completing a part time Ph.D. in electroacoustic music at City University, London.  nyeparry.com