This magnificent video of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra has appeared in the blog world before, but if you have not seen it, take a few minutes to enjoy it the beauty of it! This is a live performance recording from May 4, 2019, when the UMSO performed Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun from memory, with movement choreographed by Liz Lerman. This video brings up many questions in my mind, such as:
Does the addition of movement in this performance make the entire experience more engaging for the audience?
Did the players feel like the performance was more powerful or enjoyable for them as artists because of the movement?
Did the movements add challenge to the performance technique or did it help the players feel freer with their instruments?
How often could an orchestra realistically prepare this kind of performance given the added elements of memorization and choreography?