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Milly Mae-Moet is dressed up like a picture, anticipating the carnival today, with carousels and horses, hot air balloons. Ribbons in her hair and petticoat of crinoline, dance in the wind. Mother Mae-Moet buys candy-floss and toffee, pretty balloons for her, darling Milly Mae grows stubborn and persistent, wants more balloons. She has dreams of flying, never gives up trying for one more balloon. Milly Mae-Moet is willful and unyielding she gets her way, one more balloon, to take her away. Happily flying away too high to save...
This piece tells the story of Milly Mae-Moet, the stubborn yet admirably driven girl who convinces her mother to buy her all the balloons at the carnival so she my fulfill her dream of flying. She happily ascends (much to her mothers distress) through the insect layer into the bird layer and eventually into infinity.
The piece is a combination of scored sections and work-shopped improvisations that were developed with the ensemble in December 2007.
intermediate to advanced
Dedicated to all of those who are not afraid of flying into infinity
The first part is the carnival sound-scape, a partly improvised section in which individuals contribute snippets of music, voices and effects to conjure up the atmosphere of walking through a carnival.
The second part is the song of Milly Mae-Moet, a waltz.
The third part is her ascension through the insect layer into the bird layer and eventually into infinity.
The fourth part is the infinity chord, a conducted drone built on the chord Gmajor9,#11,13,#15. The reeds play bubbling arpeggios and the brass and voices play long tones
Text by by Rosie Langabeer and Hannah Griffin
05 Dec 2007: Performed by Hannah Griffin, Kate Telford, Anton Wutts, Blair Latham, Bridget Kelly, Jeff Henderson, Chris Clinch, Amanda Maclean, Gerard Crewdson, Nick van Dijk, Joe Callwood, Zena Dawson, Rosie Langabeer, Tom Callwood, Patrick Bleakley and Chris O'Connor at Happy in Wellington
07 Dec 2007: Performed by Hannah Griffin, Kate Telford, Anton Wutts, Blair Latham, Bridget Kelly, Jeff Henderson, Chris Clinch, Amanda Maclean, Gerard Crewdson, Nick van Dijk, Joe Callwood, Zena Dawson, Rosie Langabeer, Tom Callwood, Patrick Bleakley, Chris O'Connor
02 Mar 2008: Performed at the Newtown Community and Cultural Centre in 2008
30 Jul 2008: Performed at the Omb the Space Festival in 2008
07 Mar 2009: Performed at the Capital E Arts Festival in March 2009
Performed by Zirkus! at Happy, Wellington in December 2007