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Thin Ice was written to celebrate vocal ensemble Halcyon's 15th Anniversary in 2013. Written for soprano, mezzo-soprano and percussion (vibraphone and resaresa), the piece sets two poems.
The first, 'Thin Ice', only four lines long, but with a world of meaning, is by Dunedin poet Claire Beynon, and defining creativity exquisitely. The second, 'It is all one water', is a collaborative poem, edited by Claire Beynon and
created by poets from several countries - Marylinn Kelly (USA), Kay McKenzie-Cook (NZ), Pamela Morrison (NZ) , Elizabeth Hanscome (AUS) , Therese Clear (USA), Scott Odom (USA) and Claire Beynon herself. This poem sees the ocean in various ways, but above all as exhilarating, calm, and linking those separated by distance.
The first performance was given by Halcyon on 23rd October 2013 at the NIDA Parade Theatres in Sydney.
23 Oct 2013: Performed by Halcyon ensemble, at the NIDA Parade Theatres in Sydney, Australia.