TWR004 - Rhythm Part I: Three Giants Dancing (Around the Fire)

(recorded on April 4, 2020)

THE WHITE ROOM CHAPTER 4

WHICH TREATS OF MANY AND GREAT MATTERS and
IN WHICH IS CONTAINED THE DELIGHT WHICH THE TWO HOSTS EXPERIENCED IN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND “RHYTHM”

We meet again in the white room; this time we bring a topic which interests both Marije and Simon very much and which is one of reasons of having started these conversations – a basic element of performance: Rhythm.

Before diving into it we react to a comment that we received, one part of which provokes us to speak at length about the current situation and how theatre artists react to it by creating a lot of digital content, which is both great and strange. We look at the musician Nick Cave’s reaction to the crisis and refuse to come to a judgement of either way.

Rhythm Part I : We start with some definitions of Rhythm, about why we wanted to talk about Rhythm in the first place – and discover that Rhythm is a powerful tool, which like every tool can be used for various purposes.

Marije brings clips of Music that we listen to and compare (no copyright infringement intended!):
Rhythm is a Dancer by Austin/Benites/Butler/Garrett
Money Jungle by Ellington/Mingus/Roach
Country Preacher and Walk Tall by Cannonball Adderley
Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers
Wise One and Leo by John Coltrane
Les Filles de Cadix, interpreted by Renée Fleming
A recording from Marije of the Balinese group Cudamani


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