The Philharmonia's award-winning digital installation RE-RITE travels to Lisbon this month, taking over an entire floor of Lisbon's design and fashion museum MUDE from 9 to 23 January.
RE-RITE breaks down the barrier between the audience and the concert platform. RE-RITE is not about sitting in silence while musicians perform on a distant stage. This ground-breaking audio-visual installation lets you experience what it's like to be in the midst of an orchestra playing live - hearing, seeing, and feeling the power of the performance from the musicians' perspective. You can even join in if you like. The project is an immersive/interactive installation featuring a film of the Philharmonia Orchestra playing Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Filmed on 29 separate cameras with microphones in each section of the orchestra, larger-than-life video projections and sound throughout the installation allow you to watch a particular group of instruments and hear what they hear. Special features include conductor and player commentary and a percussion room where an instructional video shows you how to play along.
RE-RITE first opened at the Bargehouse on London's South Bank in November 2009 and then travelled to Leicester in April 2010. In May 2010 RE-RITE won two prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Awards for Creative Communication and Audience Development categories, with the jury describing the project as 'A simple idea, beautifully realised'. Its next stop is Portugal, where for a month RE-RITE will take over an entire floor of MUDE, Lisbon's design and fashion museum.
Admission is FREE and the installation is open daily (except Mondays) from 10am till 8pm (10am till 10pm Fridays and Saturdays).
During this period the Philharmonia will also perform The Rite of Spring live on Thursday 13 January at the Coliseu des Recreios, alongside music by Bartók and Shostakovich. Find out more about this concert. The Orchestra also performs on Tuesday 11 January with a programme of music by Ravel, Salonen and Bartók: find out more.