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29 Oct 2015


Gabriel Prokofiev Nominated for BASCA British Composer Award—

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Mute Song is incredibly proud to report that “Bayadère – The Ninth Life” by Gabriel Prokofiev has been nominated for a BASCA British Composer award in the ‘Stage Works’ category.

The British Composer Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PRS for Music. The shortlist, features 33 composers across 12 categories, including Contemporary Jazz Composition, Choral, Sonic Art, Liturgical and Community or Educational Project, with 40 per cent of those shortlisted being first-time nominees.

Bayadère – The Ninth Life, commissioned by the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and inspired by the classic ballet: La Bayadère was premiered in March 2015 by the Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company.

Drawing on Marius Petipa’s original choreography and the stories of the first real ‘temple dancers’ to visit Europe, Shobana Jeyasingh’s 53 minute piece illuminates the West’s fascination with the myth of the Orient. She examines how this legacy has directly affected the Indian diaspora today, and how the story of La Bayadère relates to modern fantasies of both East and West.

Gabriel Prokofiev’s accompanying electroacoustic work includes recorded improvised acoustic instruments – piano, percussion, strings. It received its UK premiere on 25th March 2015 in the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London.

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the British Film Institute (BFI) on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

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