Lucie Vítková – Composer, Performer, Choreographer; Hichiriki, Voice, Accordion, Synthesizer, Wind, Water, Movement, Tap Dance
Stevie May – Stage Assistance
Read Lucie’s Spotlight Q&A with Roulette here.
Spectacle /ˈspek.tə.kəl/ – an unusual or unexpected event or situation that attracts attention, interest or disapproval.
For Roulette’s first residency performance of 2018, rising Czech composer Lucie Vítková presents Spectacle, a one-hour solo piece incorporating sound, noise, music, movement, and show specific to Roulette’s theatre space. Drawing inspiration from the construction and physicality of hichiriki (double reed Japanese flute), Japanese Gagaku notation, ethnomusicology, Michael Jackson, and environmental performance practice, Vítková will incorporate scores for lights, choreographies for sounds, and manipulation of water and wind for sonic effect. In April 2017, Roulette commissioned Lucie Vítková’s OPERA, a piece for instrumentalists singing about utopian concepts in the language of Morse code.
Lucie Vítková is a composer, improviser and performer (accordion, hichiriki, voice, tap dance) from the Czech Republic. During her studies of composition at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno (CZ), she was a visiting scholar at Royal Conservatory in The Hague (NL), California Institute of the Arts (USA), Universität der Künste in Berlin (DE), and most recently at Columbia University in New York City with Professor George E. Lewis. Her compositions focus on sonification (compositions based on abstract models derived from physical objects), while her improvisation practice explores characteristics of discrete spaces through the interaction between sound and movement. In her recent work, she is interested in the musical legacy of Morse Code and the social-political aspects of music in relation to everyday life. She has been nominated on 2017 Herb Alpert Awards in Arts in category of Music and she has put together two ensembles – NYC Constellation Ensemble (focused on musical behavior) and OPERA ensemble (for singing instrumentalists). During the Mentor / Protégé Residency in Tokyo (JP), she studied hichiriki with Hitomi Nakamura and has been a member of the Columbia University Gagaku Ensemble. As an accordion player, she collaborated with New York based TAK Ensemble, S.E.M. ensemble, String Noise, Du.0 , Argento Ensemble, Ghost Ensemble, and Wet Ink.
Lucie Vítková: Spectacle is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation.
The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.