In Between takes its inspiration from movies about making movies, like David Lynch’s Mulholl and Drive, or Federico Fellini’s 8 ½. In these films, the lives of fictitious filmmakers “off-set” often become intermingled with the film they’re attempting to make. In Between takes this premise as a jumping-off point, and approaches the orchestra like a crew of filmmakers. Specifically, the whip –a percussion instrument that makes a distinctive whack–stands in for the director’s clapperboard. Every time the whip is sounded, it signifies an “action” for the filming to begin, or a “cut” for the filming to stop. The musical characters that take place during the “action” and “cut” sequences come into conflict with each other, evoking the tension and inner turmoil that frequently accompany the artistic process. The title refers to what happens in between “takes,” and the inevitable merging of off-and on-set.
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