Duration 37 minutes
Written for the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, co-commissioned by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
AION is a large orchestral work in three parts written in 2018. The movements are titled Morphosis, Transcension and Entropia.
The piece was premiered at the Point Music Festival with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. See here for more information about the event.
About the work
AION is a large orchestral work in three movements written equally as an independent symphonic work as well as to be performed with choreography.
AION is inspired by the abstract metaphor of being able to move freely in time, of being able to explore time as a place/space that you inhabit rather than experiencing it as a one-directional journey through a single dimension. Disorienting at first, you realize that time extends in all directions simultaneously and that whenever you feel like it, you can access any moment, even simultaneously. As you learn to control the journey, you find that the experience becomes different by taking different perspectives - you can see every moment at once, focus on just some of them, or go there to experience them. You are constantly zooming in and out, both in dimension and perspective. Some moments you want to visit more than others, noticing as you revisit the same moment, how your perception of it changes.
As with my music generally, the inspiration behind AION is not something I am trying to describe through the music or the piece - to me, the qualities of the music are first and foremost musical. When I am inspired by a particular element or quality, it is because I perceive it as musically interesting, and the qualities I tend to be inspired by are often structural, like proportion and flow, as well as relationships of balance between details within a larger structure, and how to move in perspective between the two — the details and the unity of the whole. AION moves between the micro and macro on every scale within the work – from the overall structure down to the most minute details in material.
"electrifying ... there was much to think about here" - David Nice, The Arts Desk (UK)
"like a force of nature" - Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
"an abstract work … that managed to move and make everyone think" - Luis Gago, El País (Spain)
"demonstrated how much music and movement belong together ... music and dancers became a "body of sound"" - Walter Weidringer, Die Presse (Germany)
AION for a concert setting
When AION is performed in its entirety in a concert setting, the work is approximately 37 minutes in duration. There are specific score and parts for the concert version.
AION with choreography:
In the version with choreography the event is a choreographed-symphonic-stage-work and includes choreography by Erna Omarsdottir. The music of AION is 47 minutes in duration in the version with choreography, and the event is approximately 50 minutes in duration. There are specific score and parts for the version with choreography.
Credit list for the version with choreography:
Artistic directors: Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Erna Ómarsdóttir
Music: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir
Choreography: Erna Ómarsdóttir
Conductor: Anna-Maria Helsing
Assistant choreographer: Lovísa Ósk Gunnardsóttir
Video: Pierre-Alain Giraud and Valdimar Jóhannsson
Lights: Valdimar Jóhannsson
Costumes: Agnieszka Baranowska
Dancers: Charmene Pang, Elín Signý Weywadt Ragnarsdóttir, Erna Gunnarsdóttir, Félix Urbina Alejandre, Inga Huld Hákonardóttir, Shota Inoue, Tilly Sordat and Una Björg Bjarnadóttir.
The choreography is created in collaboration with the dancers of Iceland Dance Company.