An exploration of gesture, femininity and embodied processes, FLORA is a multi-disciplinary piece involving both music and dance.
Developed in collaboration with dancer Emily Pahlawan Collinson, FLORA uses the gestures and textures involved in drawing flowers to create discrete sonic and physical landscapes. Scored for solo viola, the music is largely improvised using a mixture of graphic scores and more fixed frameworks using traditional notation.
Four movements (dandelion, snowdrop, rose, ghost orchid) investigate the visceral and felt nature of flowers beyond their cultural contexts. The piece has been created as a duet between the musician and dancer, with causality between the two in constant shift.