Draw inspiration from visual art and collaborate as cellists and composers towards a public presentation
A Research Retreat is a collaboration between the CelloWercken Foundation and Dat Bolwerck – centre of arts – both situated in Zutphen. The current exhibition at Dat Bolwerck determines the theme of the retreat.
FOR COMPOSERS AND CELLISTS
In this retreat composers and cellists work together. Together with the artist, the composers explore the backgrounds of the subject. Subsequently, they incorporate their inspiration into an original composition, which they share with the participating cellists.
Throughout the retreat, the work and performance are refined, and finally, all elements come together in a public performance.
Research Retreat with Xiaoyong Chen, Gavriel Lipkind, Jeroen den Herder and Alfian Emir Adytia
This course you will be accompanied by Xiaoyong Chen (compositon), Gavriel Lipkind (cello), Alfian Emir Adytia (cello, composition and sound artist) and Jeroen den Herder (cello). who will all be present in Zutphen. Hua-Hsuan Lee serves as the collaborative pianist. This Research Retreat we focus on the exhibition of Ruthi Helbitz Cohen at Dat Bolwerck. The key to her work is the female body.
Including a performance for an audience in Dat Bolwerck
3 – 6 April ’24
Wednesday – Saturday
Composition students are each required to create a composition (or sketches) in advance, drawing inspiration from the current exhibition at Dat Bolwerck. Each composition should last for 7 minutes and can be written for 1 to 5 cellos, with or without piano. These pieces can and will be tested, refined, and completed during the retreat.
Early February: first online meeting with the artist about the exhibition theme and an open discussion about the direction, including further development of the project.
Last week February: first composition sketches are reviewed with the teachers for playability. The compositions (whether or not in rough form) will be shared with the cellists. They will be practicing under the teachers’ guidance.
AS A COMPOSER YOU CAN ALSO JOIN ONLINE
We will provide in a schedule and make sure we are connected during the retreat. You can also join the presentations online.
WHO CAN APPLY?
– 6 composers
– 6 cellists
Level: Master, Post Master and young professionals. Are you a high-level bachelor student? Sometimes we make exeptions, so please contact us if you are interested.
Full attendance on all rehearsals and the concerts is mandatory.
- Cellists: EUR 500,- (including VAT) – covering all classes, accommodation, and meals, excluding travel costs
- Composers joining at Dat Bolwerck: EUR 150,- (including VAT) – covering all classes, accommodation, and meals,excluding travel costs
- Composers joining online: free
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if the contribution poses a financial challenge for you. In some cases, we can offer scholarships.
WE ARE HAPPY TO ARRANGE YOUR STAY IN ZUTPHEN
We arrange accommodations with families close to Dat Bolwerck.
All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, will be provided at Dat Bolwerck.
Xiaoyong Chen - composer
Gavriel Lipkind - cellist
Jeroen den Herder - cellist
Alfian Emir Adytia - cellist, composer and sound artist
PROGRAM OF THE RETREAT – we will inform you in advance about the details
10:00 – 11:00: welcome
Thursday 4/4 and Friday 5/4
Moring: finetunig performance
Afternoon: finetunig and repetion
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The sky fell on her – Ruthi Helbitz Cohen
Painter and Installation artist (Tel Aviv 1969). Lives and works in Israel and abroad. The female body is key to her work. It beholds a world rich in contradictions, strong and subtle emotions, and intricate thoughts seen through a distorting mirror. Beyond the horror, disgust and pain lies a world of delicate beauty.
Lecturer at Oranim College (multidisciplinary program for teaching humanities and the arts), teaches painting in a program for art studies and lecturer at Beit Berl Art College.
CELLO ACADEMY IN DAT BOLWERCK
The Cello Academy is situated in Dat Bolwerck, Zaadmarkt 12. It is a mixture of charming medieval times and modern art, right in the heart of the old town, just a 10-minute walk from the train station.
Have you ever been to Zutphen? If we do say ourselves: it is a delightful little town. With a charming market with cozy cafes and situated along the IJssel river – you can always find a peaceful spot to enjoy the riverbanks.