"John Cage was one of the most controversial composers and thinkers of the 20th century. He was born 100 years ago with a DNA designed to upset the musical establishment to its core.
"In the 1950s he famously declared all sound as music and his silent piece, 4'33", as his most important contribution to music."
(Stephen Montague, Artistic Director, Out of the Cage)
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance celebrates the man, his ideas, his friends and enemies with a 10 hour event for wandering audience and 100s of performers on Friday 26 Oct 13.00h-23.00h, at various locations across King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9JF.
The day features multiple works by Cage, his friends, and enemies, as well as the UK première of the 30 minute radio drama, The City Wears a Slouch Hat. You are invited to wander freely through the labyrinth of spaces in the Old Royal Naval College to enjoy a multitude of performances, dance events and installations punctuated by three concerts and an extraordinary "Happening" at the finale.
Both Cage and his long-term collaborator, choreographer Merce Cunningham undertook residences at the Laban Centre in the 1980s and are remembered by several key staff, including Artistic Director Stephen Montague who worked and performed with Cage between 1975 and 1990.