The Crowd & I
Over ten years in the making, join Richard Tognetti as he directs the ACO live on stage alongside striking imagery and footage captured across the globe in the centrepiece of our 2022 Season, The Crowd & I. From the banks of the Ganges to the mosh pits of Coachella; sprawling refugee camps to ever-expanding metropolises, humanity moves in swarms across the globe in ever vaster numbers, to celebrate, worship, protest, destroy and build anew.
Featuring music by Bach, Chopin, Shostakovich and Richard Tognetti, this profound cross-artform collaboration between Artistic Director Richard Tognetti, director Nigel Jamieson and cinematographer Jon Frank sees the ACO explore humanity’s complex existence on our densely populated planet. Discover the new ways in which we have come to live with one another, crowded together and separated from nature.
Jubilant, chaotic, and confronting in equal measure, in the tradition of Mountain, The Reef and Luminous, The Crowd & I promises to be a life-changing experience.
“What is it we feel when part of a crowd? Is it fear or empowerment? Do we lose ourselves, or find our real selves?” – Richard Tognetti
The Crowd & I is recommended for audiences 15 years and over. This concert contains scenes from news footage that some patrons may find confronting.
★★★★ 1/2 “As we are left to contemplate the never-ending challenges of humanity, Chopin’s C-sharp minor Nocturne offers some parting hope as it infuses heartfelt optimism into its turbulent emotions.” – The Age
Featuring music by BEETHOVEN, CHOPIN, IVES, SHOSTAKOVICH, SIBELIUS and RICHARD TOGNETTI.
Richard Tognetti • Creative Director & Violin
Nigel Jamieson • Film & Staging Director
Jon Frank • Cinematography
Sally Walker • Flute & Piccolo
David Griffiths • Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Ben Hoadley • Bassoon & Contrabassoon
Phil Slater • Trumpet
Nigel Crocker • Trombone & Bass Trombone
Rebecca Lagos • Percussion
Joshua Hill • Percussion
Konstantin Shamray • Piano
Charlie Westhoff • Electronics
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