Rêves de Jeux Mécaniques

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Enter a surreal dreamworld of mechanical toys as Darragh Morgan and Tim Gill perform Ravel's iconic Sonata for Violin and Cello in the dead of night.

"Possibly the most imaginative use of video I've seen in the past twelve months." - Audience member

Ravel is best known for Bolero. But most people don't know he loved mechanical wind-up toys and had a vast collection of them. In this filmed performance made for screen, we enter Ravel's imagination, where toys come alive in the dead of night.

Darragh Morgan and Tim Gill give a powerful, intimate performance of Maurice Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello. Directed by Jonathan Berman.

Rêves de Jeux Mécaniques, or 'Dreams of Mechanical Play' was filmed in a former cardboard factory in east London in the dead of night. We needed to avoid noise from the overground train station next door, and wanted to capture the eery, surreal mood of a space in disuse. The music was recorded in complete takes to ensure a feeling of freshness akin to a live performance.

24 minutes long.

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This filmed performance is part of Found Spaces, a series of 4 concert-films that embraces the creativity and flexibility of classical musicians. We  gathered a group of brilliant musicians, videographers and artists to create visually exciting performances that couldn't happen in a traditional concert hall or with an in-person audience. These are performances in a digital format for an artistic reason and to create an exciting new audience experience, not just because the COVID-19 pandemic has closed concert halls around the world.

Join us in Greengage's continued efforts to push the boundaries of digital performances, make paid work for artists and demonstrate the power of the arts to bring people together.

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