Threaded Dances Benefit Concert for Lovekyn Chapel Restoration Fund
Michiko Theurer, violin and drawings. Monday, 14 July 2014, 7:30pm. Lovekyn Chapel, London Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.
Architecture shapes the acoustics and experience of a musical performance, and music shapes the experience of an architectural space. Sound allows us to touch what is otherwise inaccessible -- a building's contours, mass, and even its history as it was experienced by past inhabitants. The preservation of historic buildings like Lovekyn Chapel ensures that these shared experiences remain possible in perpetuity.
Threaded Dances is designed to use the architectural space of its performance to unite the elements of visual art, poetry, and music into a whole that evokes the gesture and motion of dance. In its installation form, presented here at Lovekyn Chapel, the program incorporates a series of gesture drawings suspended in a curtain behind the performance area.
The Lovekyn Chapel (built in 1309) will be undergoing major restoration in 2015, pending the availability of funds. The chapel's bricks are made of Reigate stone, which is no longer available except in trace amounts in ancient quarries, and research is ongoing as to suitable alternatives that would preserve the chapel's rich history. Support for this research ensures the preservation of this chapel, the last remaining of its kind in England.