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A Re-occurring Dream of Dark Colours


A Re-occurring Dream of Dark Colours:

A Dream of Dark Colours is a live performance project featuring ‘Honoured Artist of the Ukraine’ Anatoly Zelinsky with 25 minutes plus of original composition for viola alongside a digital projection of a stylized abstract video narrative described by co-director Shaun Garea as a ‘Kafkaesque Baraka’.

A unique marriage of live music and video A Dream of Colours has been borne out of a long gestating film project of the same name that was on again and off again over the last few years. This original project spearheaded by director and writer Shaun Garea was to be a reinterpretation of Franz Kafka’s classic novel ‘The Trial’. The feature film unfortunately never made it off the ground, a preview presentation was made in 2009 which featured a score from Zelinsky and the partnership between Zelinsky and Garea was then solidified.

The film itself was ultimately put on life support due in part to the earthquakes in Christchurch where it was set to shoot, there location details had been sorted for shooting and the script written around these unique buildings specifically.

From the disappointment of not getting the film made and not content to leave the project alone Garea went on to do a video arts project entitled ‘A Dream’ which captured, in his words “the visual imagery and latent content captured in the feature film script”. This project was supported by academy award winning director Jane Campion and featured music by Faith No More bassist Billy Gould in the score. It was exhibited in 2012 and has since been repackaged as a short film which is available online from IndieReign here:

Anatoly Zelinksy all the while was extending his existing score for A Dream of Dark Colours and looking for a way to marry it to the work of Kafka again. Performing variations of his Kafka themes around the country feedback was encouraging however he felt he needed a different and more involving way to get this work out and be as impactful as possible. He got in contact with Garea again in 2013 and they decided to reinterpret their past work together on the feature film into a live performance exhibit.

Garea asked Tom Burke, a video effects professional who he had worked with multiple times, to piece the video work together with him, Burke came on board and together co-created the video accompaniment.

Using existing footage, shooting some and also through the use of available stock footage a video tapestry was woven to match the emotional tone and distinctly Kafkaesque themes of Anatoly’s magnificent sole viola. Working closely together, sound and image exist as one in a way rarely, if ever, seen before, here the music leads the visuals juxtaposing traditional video/music pairings.

Performances are set to feature a projection of the video work controlled by Zelinsky as he plays suites from his score in intimate settings across New Zealand.

Anatoly Zelinksy is praised around the world for his ability as a performer and artist, he has been the principle Viola for the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, was awarded the title of ‘Honoured Artist of the Ukraine’ in 1986, has performed all around the world from the USA to Australia, from Europe to Hong Kong. He is the founder and head of the International Soloists Chamber group and is an affiliate examiner for Trinity College London and currently resides in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The work is set for live performances in mid 2015 beginning in Christchurch and continuing up and down New Zealand, then followed by a digital release worldwide later that year.

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