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Dance Unity is a piece composed by Darkstar and performed by James Mcvinnie. It is inspired by Hull as a city and the Dance Unity parties that were held there in the early 90s. With focus on trying to create a piece that oscillates through a series of movements and emotions Dance Unity is the result of trying to immerse ourselves in the capabilities and functionality of the organ but also the landscape of Hull as backdrop in playing host to parties that were intrinsic to the city in the early 90s. Dance Unity feels like an appropriate reaction to the positivity galvanised in the recent election and the context draws parallels in trying to display a unified front in times of adversity. 

On the New Music Biennial piece, James Young said: “For the piece we are writing we’d like to explore the industry of Hull as a City, what is intrinsic to Hull and what makes it tick? How can we immerse musically and sonically so that the piece we write not only compliments Hull but feels at home there too? We’d like our collaboration to reflect as many facets of Hull that we can encompass so it ebbs and flows as a recording and a performance.”

Organist James McVinnie has collaborated with some of the world’s leading composers, producers and performers from classical, contemporary, popular and experimental music. 2017 includes solo performances and a concerto appearance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kilkenny Festival and the Köln Philharmonie. He is a member of the Icelandic record label Bedroom Community.

This 15-minute piece will be performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.


Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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  • Assistance Dogs
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Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

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