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a pas-de-trois for cello, cellist, and dancer

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  13m

Year:  2012
Duration:  13m

Composer:   Celeste Oram

Films, Audio & Samples

Celeste Oram: cross - VIDEO

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 3-6

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cross |krôs|

noun 1 a mark, object, or figure formed by two short intersecting lines or pieces 2 an upright post with a transverse bar, as used in antiquity for crucifixion. • [figurative] a thing that is unavoidable and has to be endured 3 an animal or plant resulting from crossbreeding; a hybrid • (a cross between) a mixture or compromise of two things 4 a sideways or transverse movement or pass

verb [ trans. ] 1 go or extend across or to the other side of (a path, road, stretch of water, or area) • go across or climb over (an obstacle or boundary) 2 [ intrans. ] pass in an opposite or different direction; intersect • [ trans. ] cause (two things) to intersect : 3 draw a line or lines across; mark with a cross 4 oppose or stand in the way of (someone)

adjective annoyed : he seemed to be very cross about something.

PHRASES at cross purposes misunderstanding or having different aims from one another

Two figures and a cello take to a stage. They play out a pas-de-trois which restlessly see-saws between extremes of intimacy and violence.

'Cross' showcases a close collaboration between music and dance; each element is variously puppeteered by the other, performing an intricate and theatrical choreography which acts out relationships of both dependence and antagonism.

This work was made into a short film by Ben and Mikayla Journee, an excerpt of which is available to watch on SOUNZ Online.

Contents note

in three acts

Performance history

19 Oct 2012: Performed by Robert Drage (cello) and Efim Bychkunov (dance) at the University of Auckland Music Theatre, in Auckland.

04 Nov 2012: Intrepid Music Project presents - Modern vs. Contemporary

Performed by Robert Drage (cello) and Efim Bychkunov (dance), and filmed by Ben and Mikayla Journee.