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Solange In Service To Whom

Solange shares the four-act performance, In Service to Whom

12 January 2024, 12:53 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Solange has returned with a four-act performance entitled, In Service To Whom, which is the latest art-piece to be launched via Saint Heron – her platform for expanding conversations about music, art, design, and culture.

Collaging sonic meditations with performance-specific scenography and digital-visual archive projections, “In Service to Whom” integrates Solange’s spirit in music, design, visual art, and cultural archive and preservation into one four-act performance.

"As I contemplate the evolution and maturation of my artistry, “In Service To Whom” was developed around constructing new narratives surrounding my body, the posture of rest, protection from the gaze, and speaks to a reemergence into the world of everyday life following periods of personal incubation and self-revitalisation," she wrote on Instagram, announcing the performance piece."

The performance piece features Solange alongside a ten-piece ensemble and centres orchestral works composed by the artist between 2018 and 2023 (“Villanelle For Times,” “God Rest Your,” “Bridge-s,” and “In Past Pupils and Smiles”), alongside her contemporary music.

These compositions were inspired by repetition, gospel vocal arrangements, minimalism, and the Black southern marching band music of football games frequented by the artist in her hometown of Houston, Texas. The performance also debuts the world premiere of two original works: a duo tuba piece titled “Not Necessarily In Arms Reach” for two tubas, and a solo cello and double bass number titled “If the Promise is Large”.

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