Performed by Armonico Consort’s choir and strings with Solo Saxophonist Amy Dickson, “Breathlines” sits between concerto and meditation, reflecting on the relationships between body, breath and being.
A fascination with the power of breath has been significant for millennia across many different cultures – looping the globe and drawing on thousands of years of history with examples from indigenous and ancient cultures, Western and Eastern religions, ritual ceremonies and working practices. Breathing isn’t just a bodily function. It allows us to speak, laugh and sing. It connects us to the outside world. It reflects our state of mind and can be consciously controlled. Breath has inspired art and literature. For many it has spiritual and transcendental significance: a personal and cultural form of breathing which goes so far beyond the simple act of keeping us alive. In the wake of Covid-19, being aware of our breath is more important than ever.
The performance will create a space of contemplation and invoke positive change, encouraging audiences to reflect on an activity which they undertake, unnoticed, thousands of times a day, and on the importance of good breathing and respiratory health for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.