Dame Evelyn beats the drum for AniMotion Show

Dame Evelyn and Maria Rud will work together to mix real-time painting and music. Picture: Douglas Robertson
Dame Evelyn and Maria Rud will work together to mix real-time painting and music. Picture: Douglas Robertson
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MARIA Rud’s groundbreaking AniMotion Show brings together a heady mix of live art and music with architecture and state-of-the-art technology to produce a mesmerising visual and aural feast.

The Moscow-born artist who now resides in Edinburgh and York has put the animate back into animation. Her distinctive artwork is constantly in motion, created in real time to live music then projected onto the blank canvas of a building.

In this instance, it is the interior of St Giles’ Cathedral in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. This is the venue where Maria unveiled her first AniMotion Show two years ago using a single projector for her images while vocal group Cappella Nova sang. For Saturday’s concert, Maria will be joined by celebrated Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie – who she worked with for the first time last year when the show was presented in the newly refurbished National Museum of Scotland – and Cappella Nova soprano Rebecca Tavener, who will sing a piece by Gavin Bryars.

Other musical highlights include the Scottish premiere of Dark Matter, a new work by composer and flute virtuoso David Heath. He will be joined by Rezillos vocalist Fay Fife and DJ and producer Dolphin Boy for his improvisation on Debussy’s well-known flute solo Syrinx. Dark Matter was premiered outdoors in September when Maria transformed the exterior of Cambridge Observatory into a large animated artwork.

Since her first AniMotion Show in St Giles’, Maria says her process has evolved significantly, particularly through her collaboration with projection artist Ross Ashton, who uses the latest state-of-the-art technology for the video mapping. “By uniting music and painting through the art of projection, AniMotion immerses audiences in a world of transcendence,” she says. “By dissolving boundaries between art forms you reveal a whole new world and a whole new art form.”

Dame Evelyn says the audience is in for a real treat: “They will be enthralled and enchanted by the vision of the dramatic architecture of St Giles’ coupled with the visual art of Maria Rud and the expansive world of percussion. All of these elements are brought together in this unique collaboration.”

For 2014-15, Maria is looking to stage AniMotion shows at other sites in the UK, including Edinburgh Castle, as well as performances in Sydney, Moscow and Stockholm.

• AniMotion Show featuring Dame Evelyn Glennie, St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, Saturday, www.thequeenshall.net