A clown and an orchestra: the conductor brings his love of music to the stage

A clown and an orchestra: the conductor brings his love of music to the stage
Conductor Alondra de la Parra and clown Gabriela Munoz pose for a promotional photo for “The Silence of Sound” in La Bisbal d’Emporda, Spain on August 17, 2021, in this handout photo created by Reuters obtained on December 1, 2021. Courtesy of Elekin Arts/David Ruano/Handout via REUTERS

December 1, 2021

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian

LONDON (Reuters) – Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra hopes to captivate audiences with her love of classical music through a new multi-disciplinary performance in which she combines an orchestra and a vocalist. clown on stage.

De la Parra, who has conducted over 100 orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Orchester de Paris, embraced a new format with “The Silence of Sound”, and brought musicians onto the stage rather than down the pit.

Through classical music, the orchestra plays an important role in storytelling as the clown seeks fulfillment.

“The stories we tell on this show are just some of the many possible stories one can come up with when listening to classical music,” de la Parra told Reuters.

“We hope to reach a larger audience so they love the orchestra, while providing comfort, dreams, imagination and art in the difficult times we live in.”

In addition to the music, Mexican clown artist Gabriela Muñoz, who does not speak during the performance, interacts with visual projections, such as birds in flight.

“My character is one that I have played for many years,” she said.

“We put her in this situation, where she went on a visual, melodic, and emotional journey to find herself attuned to the music, or indeed, to find her inner music. she allows her to dance to her own rhythm like we are all capable of doing. “

De la Parra’s musical selection includes works by Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky among others.

“I wanted to have very contrasting pieces, piece after piece, maybe a very nice template as an introduction to a composition that anyone could fall in love with right away.” she said.

The two women, who have worked on the project for six years, recently overcome difficult issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Muñoz only recently performed with the GIO Symphonian Orchestra before an audience performance in Girona, Spain last week.

“The time period we live in and through this pandemic makes it all the more relevant… to remind (ourselves) how important it is to go on emotional journeys, to keep sharing ,” Muñoz said.

“The Silence of Sound” will premiere in Mexico in July. De la Parra plans to tour Mexico and Europe after that.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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