PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA - the musical
20 Feb 2013 - 7:30
Main Hall, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL
The world premiere of a fascinating and unusual new work by Tyrone Landau based on Principia Mathematica by Alfred North Whitehead & Bertrand Russell, published in the full 3-volume version 100 years ago this year.
Most of the book is written in symbolic logic. But this piece is a setting of sections in English, divided into ten scenes. The highly technical language employed by Whitehead and Russell also has colloquial meanings. It is these meanings that are resonant for dance/performance. Six scenes are set as songs: Words and Symbols, One-Many Many-One, Stroke-Function, Equivalence, Vicious Circles, I Say Something.
The lyrics of Words and Symbols talk about the limits of language to convey exact meaning. Growing out of this first song, there are two scenes with no text at all, set as violin solos.
One scene comprises exclusively logical propositions.
Russell and Whitehead planned a further volume of geometric logic, but felt mentally exhausted from the effort. This script finishes with a scene Geometry and Fatigue. This spirals down through the terms of symbolic logic to more primitive ones. Again the colloquial meanings are resonant. The intention is to have this scene accompanied by fragmented references to the violin solos.'
- Tyrone Landau, January 2013
The evening is scored for singers, dancers, musicians and philosophers.
Prepare to be astonished.
Performers include: Jane Turner, Tyrone Landau, Tim Taylor, Jenny Patrone, Loren O'Dair and as many philosophers as possible.
When & Where
Conway Hall is the landmark of London's independent intellectual, political and cultural life.
Conway Hall is owned by Conway Hall Ethical Society, which was first opened in 1929. The name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832 - 1907), anti-slavery advocate, out-spoken supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine.
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Founded in the 1880s, our chamber music concert series (now Conway Hall Sunday Concerts) - are the longest-running of their kind in Europe. The ethos of "affordable classical music for all" still remains.
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