Monday, November 1, 2010

Bordel 1900 - The Fourth Wall Ensemble

It took more than one conceptual leap to create the Fourth Wall Ensemble's version of Bordel 1900. First they converted a piece composed originally for a flute and guitar duo into a trio for flute, bass trombone and accordion. Then they choreographed a dance, not an early twentieth century tango, as one might suppose, but something that "Professor" Harold Hill or Busby Berkeley might create if they had heard of the tango but never actually saw it danced. And, finally, instead of hiring a dance troupe, they do the dance themselves while playing. And, remarkably, they do it without missing a note or a step. The final result is a new and different and totally delightful production of Bordel 1900. These folks know how to generate a smile.

The members of Fourth Wall are Hilary Abigana on flute, C. Neil Parsons on bass trombone, and Greg Jukes on accordion (although percussion is his usual assignment). In addition to the trombone work, Parsons also provides the choreography for the group. Their website refers to the group as a "hybrid arts ensemble" combining the roles of musician, dancer and actor - a good description of what they do. You can see more of their work on their YouTube Channel.

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