Synapses, the first in the Turning Point Ensembles 1+1+1+… project, premieres online January 23. Photo by Sean Patrick Shaul.
Synapses, the first in the Turning Point Ensembles 1+1+1+… project, premieres online January 23. Photo by Sean Patrick Shaul.

Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) explores the power of one with the launch of the first of three films as part of its 1+1+1+… film project.

An artistic chain of expression, the first ‘1’ is the performer, the second is the composer, and the third is the filmmaker, resulting in a series of five-minute art films, each comprising a new work that will be a unique portrait of the musicians that make up Turning Point Ensemble.

“Every one of the works will be an intimate representation of the situation we are living in now.” – Owen Underhill

Each musician will collaborate with individual composers, filmmakers and artists from other disciplines, such as dancers or visual artists, resulting in a series of 15 films.

“Each piece starts with the individual performer, using their own personality and artistry throughout the development,” says TPE artistic director Owen Underhill in a media release.  “The performer chooses their composer, works closely on the composition and collaborates with the filmmaker.”

Going onto say that each work will be an “intimate representation of the situation we are living in now,” the objective is to create a body of works representing both an individual and a collective TPE legacy for the future, with a potential to reach an audience around the world.

Performer and teacher Mary Sokol Brown will perform in composer Owen Underhill's Cone, the second film in the Turning Point Ensemble 1+1+1+…project.
Performer and teacher Mary Sokol Brown will perform in composer Owen Underhill’s Cone, the second film in the Turning Point Ensemble 1+1+1+…project.

“In the opening, the two performers begin a gradual interaction, triggered by sound, searching for ways to influence and affect each other,” says Pritchard in a statement. “Their interaction gradually builds in intensity until their partnering reaches a breaking point and dissolves.  The title refers to one of the mechanisms of communication in the nervous system, which the dancer’s costume and the interaction reference throughout.”

Future films, with release dates still to be announced, include Underhill’s Cone, a piece for solo violin performed by Mary Sokol Brown, a first violinist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and composer Réjean Marois’s Shared Solitude for bassoon, piano and footwork.

Each film will be followed by a discussion and a Q&A with the creators.

For more information on 1+1+1+…, visit turningpointensemble.ca.