Helen Caddick Haze
Libby Burgess piano
To coincide with the hosting of the prestigious Turner prize at Turner Contemporary, Margate, CantiaQuorum reprise Helen Caddick’s Haze, inspired by JMW Turner. Projected alongside the work is the premiere of a beautiful new film by Phil Miller which weaves images of the Turner paintings which inspired Helen’s work with sublime imagery of the Kent coast, seen as it is today.
Seen as ‘the greatest of the age’ by art critic John Ruskin and seen by many to be the first ‘modern’ painter, Caddick’s Haze reacts to the sumptuous colours and use of light employed by Turner in five delicate paintings, pieced together to form a fictional narrative – one that endures to this day – of a man and boat at sea, at the mercy of the elements. Haze aims to add a further dimension to the audience, as if they themselves had stepped forward into the artworks.
Part of the Kent-wide Turner Prize celebrations, the second half of the double bill is Figures in a Floating Landscape, a dance, music, sonic soundscape performance with 3 musicians and 4 dancers from composer Peter Coyte and choreographer Dora Frankel inspired by the later improvisatory sketches of JMW Turner and contextualised by the effects of environmental damage.