September 18, 2020

Portrait #5 – Courtney Richardson and Gavin Bryars

David Dawson writes:

7 PORTRAITS OF SOLITUDE – a specially curated online collection of short dance film works. Together, 7 dancers – 7 composers – unite to create 7 worlds and offer you a message of hope, remembering that we are all connected, even when we feel so alone. In these uncertain times we find ourselves in our art, in our humanity, with our emotional life becoming more defined and more realised – as the new truths that we learn become our future history. All of the incredible people involved in this project have generously given their time and talent for free, and we all hope that you will enjoy these portraits as much as we did making them.

Watch @semperoperballett dancer Courtney Richardson perform Portrait #5 to music composed by Gavin Bryars, cinematography and editing by Thomas Bieszka, and costumes by YUMIKO Dancewear – all specially donated to the 7 PORTRAITS OF SOLITUDE project.

Importantly these films aim to create awareness to help support our fellow artists during these challenging times. Our stage industries risk losing a generation of talent if they are not offered the support they need. Please check out the links below and make your donation, give as much as you can, and share this message with your friends and family – let’s help to make the difference.

Links in bio for: Fund Freelance Dance @fundfreelancedance /

Fonds Darstellenden Künste / Better Place / Freelancers Make Theatre Work @freelancersmaketheatrework

To watch all 7 portraits and links to fundraising organizations please go to:

Thanks to everyone on the 7 PORTRAITS OF SOLITUDE project team – @alexbaranowskimusic @tomfrommichigan @szybrzu @gavinbryars @racmxxx @doublediamond1 @jo.fuerst @aidan22aidan @beglad247 @petergregson #GregHaines @timhumpe @sangdiii @alimariani @alejandromazorin @posthings @cupidcourt @maxrichtermusic @robinrimbaud @gjsmeenk @yumikotakeshima @houdidit_ @jonvallejo @fabienvoranger @oliverlook

Special thanks to the Garnisonkirche St. Martin Dresden for their kind help on location for Portrait 5.

#sevenportraitsofsolitude #fundfreelanceartists #dancingforothers #dancewithus #artistssupportingartists #supportingthedance #supportingtheartists #supportingthearts

Gavin’s Notes:

David Dawson and I have worked together for a few years. Our most recent collaboration was Requiem for Dutch National Ballet in 2019. Before that we made Third Light for Flanders Ballet (2010) and David had set his ballet Reverence to my third string quartet, subsequently re-written for string orchestra. 

Gavin Bryars