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The Beethoven Marathon – 32 Sonatas
May 14, 2012, 6:30 pm
It is with great sadness that we inform you that The Beethoven Marathon – 32 Sonatas scheduled for Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled until further notice due to an unforseen visa issue. The work will still be developed at Watermill this month and will be performed at the Luminato Festival in Toronto on June 9.
Please join us at The Watermill Center for an excerpt performance of The Beethoven Marathon – 32 Sonatas by internationally acclaimed Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo and Canadian born pianist and composerStewart Goodyear on Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Having been commissioned by the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Suryodarmo and Goodyear have worked tirelessly to forge a new link between musical performance and performance art. This is a unique opportunity to preview an excerpt of the work before it is performed at Luminato on June 9.
The Beethoven Marathon – 32 Sonatas is an on-stage performance piece that will extend the full length of Stewart Goodyear’s marathon of 32 Beethoven sonatas. In an unprecedented test of musical skill and physical endurance, pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear, renowned for his stylistic elegance and exquisite technique, will perform all sonatas, in the order they were composed, in one day. This remarkable challenge encompasses 103 individual movements spanning more than ten hours of music.
Suryodarmo’s three performance sequences will provide subtle, almost motionless visual enrichment that heighten the listening process. Her performance pieces are based on research into Beethoven’s life and examination of the psychological aspects of his composition of the sonatas.
The event will be followed by a Q&A and reception with the artists.
About Melati Suryodarmo
The performance work of internationally acclaimed Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo pushes the limits of body and mind to the point of exhaustion. The internal systems of the psychological body in flux drive her to develop new structures of attitudes and thoughts. Interrogating fact and farce, politics and emotion her highly visceral performances overwhelm and empower audiences to consider their own self-potential. Melati Suryodarmo (b.1969) has extensively presented her performance works in international festivals and exhibitions since 1996. Recently she has contributed to House Without Maid Project, for the International Theater Festival, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 2010; One Night Stand, Tanz ImAugust, Berlin, 2010; Asian Body festival, Moderna Dans Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010; Indonesian Contemporary Art Showcase, Art Paris – Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2010; Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo,Indonesia, 2010; Asiatopia 11, BangkokCenter for Art and Culture, Bangkok,Thailand, 2009; Transit Festival, HKW Berlin,Germany, 2009;Marina Abramovic Presents…,Whitworth Gallery, Manchester International Art Festival, Manchester, UK,2009; Performance Art Laboratory Project, Bali, Indonesia, 2009; Sincere Subject, SIGIARTS Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2008; Perception of Patterns in Timeless Influence, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö, Sweden, 2007; Erotic Body, Venice Biennale Dance Festival, Venice, Italy, 2007; KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland, 2007 and the 15th International Electronic Art Festival – Video Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brasil, 2005, International Incheon Women Artists Biennale, Incheon, South Korea, 2009 and Manifesta 7, European Biennial, Ex-Alumix, Bolzano, Italy, 2008. http://www.melatisuryodarmo.com
About Stewart Goodyear
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, pianist and composer, Stewart Goodyear began his training at Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, received a bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and completed a Masters Degree at Juilliard School of Music in New York. Now calling New York his home, Stewart has performed with the major orchestras of the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many. Mr Goodyear’s style has strength and drama, elegant and exquisite technique and great emotional depth. Stewart’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Messiaen, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Gershwin. Known as an improviser and a composer, he has been commissioned by orchestras and chamber music organizations, and performs his own solo works. In 2010, Mr Goodyear performed at a sold out recital of Beethoven Sonatas in Toronto’s new Koerner Hall. The Middle Sonatas were recently released as a two disc set on the Marquis Label. Stewart Goodyear’s composition, the fanfare entitled Count Up, was performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2011, garnering rave reviews. http://stewartgoodyear.com
This project has been supported by The Luminato Festival and Valentine Willie Fine Art