Metamorphonics — Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra

Photo credit: Charles Flachs. Dancer is Emily Clark.

Collaborative concert with students of the MHC Dance Dept. and the Five College Film Program

Explore the vivid ways in which we live our lives with technology through the work of MHC Dance professor Rose Flachs, and the students of Five College Five College Lecturer in Film & Video Bernadine Mellis in this multi-disciplinary production featuring music for orchestra and electronics. Ng Tian Hui conducts. Tickets are $20.00 premium front and center seating; $15.00 regular seating; $10.00 seniors and students and can be ordered online.

Performances are Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 3pm.

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra hosts a multimedia extravaganza including live electronic sound, film, dance and interactive video. Exploring the theme of technology in the lives of people, the production begins with the inspiration of generated by three works of music for orchestra and electronics.

Inspired by the music of the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus (Song of the Arctic), MHC student Yiwen Gong '16 has directed and produced three short films exploring the theme. The first film, is a meditation on the Kino-eye theory of the Russian Filmmaker, Dziga Vertov. Using historical documentary footage, the film explores in chronological order, the introduction of technologies over time and our interactions with them. The second, is a short abstract video exploring the life of an ordinary person in everyday life. Shot from a first-person perspective, the film explores the way in which our lives today are saturated with technology. The third and final film is a dreamscape exploring a young woman's reservations about her relationship with technology.

We then explore the world of live electronic music with the world premiere of Grey Noise LItanies by valley composer Gregory W. Brown. Featuring music for turntable, digitally enhanced solo cello and orchestra, the piece plays with the line of separation between the analog and the digital world of sound.

Finally, the music of John Adams's Fearful Symmetries inspires an original video by world-renowned video artist, Elliott Forrest, and a new dance featuring video by Saulius Slezas and choregraphy by Rose Flachs. Forrest has become a regular staple of video presentations by such familiar names as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.

Flachs new work will speak to the developing body of research encompassing the effects of technology as a means of communication and socialization. In a collaborative project including a visual designer, choreographer and seven dancers, Flachs uses projection, sensors, cellphones and stop-motion animation together with dance to explore how our society is caught in a web of technology, examining the question of how a persons addiction to their cell phones affects their ability to meet and mingle with others.