Juliana Hodkinson: Future Unreal

Photo: Mikkel Kaldal

Juliana Hodkinson

Juliana Hodkinson is a British composer working with vocal, orchestral, instrumental and electronic music. Her works often arise in the interplay between abstract concepts and social relations where different sound sources such as sound recordings, foley sound and ripped media are incorporated. 

Through her work, she explores how the materials, contexts and associations of sound interact with one another. Juliana is an associate professor of composition at the Jutland Conservatory of Music and recently elected chairwoman of the Danish Composers' Society.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal

With Future Unreal Juliana is presenting a new piece composed for and with the local choir Side by Side and their conductor Sisse Skovbakke. The piece has evolved online, week by week, during the pandemic without the choir, conductor and composer being able to meet 

In place of real-life collaboration and rehearsal, and exploration of site-specific roots, the choir has contributed text through answering questions about their hopes and fears for the coming time, and the highs and lows of their local neighbourhood. 

Tonal movements and textual fragments mix together, and new connections and contexts erupt when the choir performed in changing constellations around the urban space, blurring the boundaries between performance space and public space. You could experience the performance in Struer during Struer Tracks.

Photos: Mikkel Kaldal