This summer Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is exhibiting works from Steve Tobin's Steelroots collection throughout their grounds. The exhibition is entitled Southern Roots and features examples of Tobin's well known large-scale steel sculptures that each mimic the meandering structure of root systems.
As part of Cheekwood's First Thursday Nights in the Garden, New Dialect will be staging an hour-long, site specific iteration of Banning's work Murmuration. Steve Tobin's sculptures and the limitless grounds of Cheekwood will serve as a playground for the dancers while they draw inspiration from the concepts of Murmuration and Tobin's works to compose and improvise dances in various locations throughout the botanical gardens.
The installation will be accompanied live by Intersection contemporary music ensemble's rendition of Sophia Gubaidulina's "Concordanza."
Originally commissioned by Intersection for their debut concert Transfiguration in March 2015, Murmuration draws on the flocking patterns of starlings to interpret the vast and peripatetic landscape of "Concordanza."