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Balfour+Manson sponsor Dame Evelyn Glennie & Maria Rud’s ‘AniMotion’ event at the National Museum of Scotland

Balfour+Manson is proud to announce its sponsorship of the National Museum of Scotland’s AniMotion, a glittering event to be held at the Museum on Thursday 11 October 2012. The evening will see Scotland’s Dame Evelyn Glennie join forces with Russian visual artist Maria Rud, cellist Philip Sheppard and vocal consort Canty for a public performance in the Grand Gallery, bringing together music and painting in what promises to be a unique and spectacular event to commemorate the museum’s Catherine the Great Exhibition. 

AniMotion is a concept developed by acclaimed Russian artist, Maria Rud in collaboration with a host of musicians. As the musicians perform, Maria paints on a lightbox, which is projected on to a large screen in real time for the audience to watch. Venues have ranged from abandoned office blocks to St Giles Cathedral. The performance at the National Museum of Scotland will feature the world premiere of music composed by Glennie and Sheppard especially for the show. The audience will be free to move around and enjoy the spectacle from different positions within the Grand Gallery’s spectacular architecture creating an unforgettable night.
Dame Evelyn Glennie said, “The AniMotion project is very exciting and pushes the boundaries of all the participants, including myself. Our aim is to bring art and music together in an extremely new and unique way, almost theatrical, in that the players are all artists of notoriety in their own right, the auditorium teeming with art works and eclectic musical instruments. To premiere this new work in the amazing setting of the Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland will be a thrilling experience for us and, we trust, for the audience.”
Maria Rud said, “The visual works reveal themselves to me. They are not the results of deliberation. With AniMotion, a visual narrative comes in response to a particular composition. The imagery is provoked by the music but is not intended to illustrate it. The relation between image and sound is one of resonant co-existence, of chemistry across the senses, a subtle formula that gives audiences the freedom to become engrossed in the totality of the performance without feeling that there is something to ‘get’. I am looking forward very much to performing in the Museum, with Evelyn, Philip and Canty.”
Fred Tyler, Chairman of Balfour+Manson Solicitors said, “We are very excited about this project, Evelyn Glennie is a world renowned percussionist, her performance at the Olympic opening ceremony was mesmerising and I’m sure we will witness something very special and unique with AniMotion too.”
David Campbell, Partner in the Private Client team commented, “I am a big fan of Maria’s work and have been to previous AniMotion events which have been superb. Combining art with live music is a wonderful sensory experience, visually stunning and memorable. I am particularly looking forward to her collaboration with Evelyn Glennie, who is a world famous Scot.”
Balfour+Manson are joint sponsors with Amati Global Investors; the sponsorship has won matched funding from Arts & Business Scotland, the national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable arts and business relationships.