As Islington Mill lovechild Video Jam has consistently proven, live soundtracks are incredibly moving and add more to a film than could have been captured behind closed doors. The energy and improvisational wizardry brought by live musicians scoring work as it arrives in front of their eyes captivates a crowd in a way not possible through traditional methods of sound mixing. Notations, a film by Vicki Bennett (pictured), is another chance for musical improvisers to live score a piece of cinema. Uniquely, though, the film will also include gestures and instructions both conceptually and literally for improvising artists to read and follow and interpret how they see fit. To soundtrack Notations, an impressive international cast of improvisers has been recruited, with M.C. Schmidt, Wobbly and Jennifer Walshe taking the stage. All actions have consequences – and here we see them played out, to wondrous and catastrophic effect. A more original theatre piece you won’t see in Manchester.

Thu 14 Nov, Kraak, 11 Stevenson Square, M1 1DB, 7pm, £7/£8,

Thu 14 Nov
John Stansfield
Published on:
Sun 10 Nov 2013