Sat. 29 January 2022 – 21:00

Start in Splendor: Playing with Words

improvising through artistic movements

Inspired on Julian Rosefeldt’s "Manifesto", Playing with Words is a work performed and curated by Kalea and artist Phoebe Pryor that reimagines music’s pasts through literature, original compositions, improvisation, and live drawing. It engages with the many artistic and literary movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Romanticism, Existentialism, Symbolism, Imagism, Cubism, and Futurism, and takes its inspiration from the poetry and writings by J.W. Goethe, Søren Kierkegaard, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and W.H. Auden, among many others.

“Indeed, if it were not for you, what would I be? What is the little I have done except to arouse you?” - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass * * *

“Playing with Words” is in fact the redeeming of the Start in Splendor Prize, which was awarded to Anna Litvinenko in 2019. The Start in Splendor Prize, part of the Dutch National Cello Competition, is awarded on behalf of the Cello Competition, the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale and Splendor Amsterdam. It is aimed at promising young cellists who, next to an exceptional ability on their instrument, show extraordinary programming talents. The strongest, most creative performance concept is awarded the Start in Splendor Prize: the winner is granted the means to realise and produce their unique concert programme in Splendor. Previous winners were Lidy Blijdorp (2016) and Kalle de Bie (2017).


Anna Litvinenko - cello

Katie Macdonald - flute

Beatriz Rola - violin

Phoebe Pryor - live drawing

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