The Vespertine Quintet and Dancers
The Vespertine Quintet, known for their sparse, atmospheric music incorporating strings, piano and field recordings, are delighted to be collaborating with dance artists Rosie Leak, Gurpreet Dosanjh and Elaine Thomas on a new cross-artform performance for Skibbereen Arts Festival 2019.
Rosie, Gurpreet and Elaine each choreograph, perform and teach independently as well as being active members of London based Amici Dance Theatre Company since 2001. For nearly 40 years Amici's ground-breaking work has integrated able bodied and disabled artists and performers. This is their first collaborative project together.
The Vespertine Quintet began in 2014 as a way to get through a particularly dark West Cork winter, hosting house concerts and playing the lush, ethereal music of Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Estonian Arvo Pärt.
The Quintet has since played with Liam Ó Maonlaí, Adrian Crowley and acclaimed Swedish Alto Camilla Griehsel. Last year their This Place is a Shelter residency in De Barra’s, Clonakilty saw them collaborate with poet, writer and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, percussionist Rajinder Singh and contemporary dancers Rosie Leak and Inma Pavon. Their debut album Before a new harbour can be built, difficult things must be worked out was called “a comfort in dark times indeed” by the Irish Times.