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London Contemporary Music Festival returns to Ambika P3 for two weeks in December

This year’s theme was inspired by philosopher Donna Haraway

In association with the Serpentine Galleries, The Death Of Rave, Apartment House and Musarc, LCMF 2018 returns for its second run at Ambika P3 between 1–16 December. The theme for this year’s festival was inspired by philosopher Donna Haraway. Her “calls for a ‘thick present’ and 'multi-species muddles’ have encouraged us to think like a gardener, dedicated to creating a ‘hot compost’ of music, dance, film and art”, state LCMF organisers. The result, they say, is a “programme that is richer and more tentacular than ever before, where singing cyborg statues and go-go dancers will rub shoulders with professional mourners; where you can hear the music of volcanoes and the sound of great rivers and the destruction of Sodom”.

The line-up features new LCMF orchestral commissions from Elaine Mitchener and Neil Luck, Mark Leckey's Nobodaddy, commissioned for Glasgow International 2018, plus works commissioned from Klein and Mark Fell, and UK premieres from Annea Lockwood, including her Ambika P3 installations of A Sound Map Of The Hudson River and Gone. Other firsts include Sofia Jernberg’s presentation of Julius Eastman’s Prelude and Holy Presence Of Joan D’Arc for eight cellos; and US choreographer Yvonne Rainer will present We Shall Run. Also on the programme are Gerald Barry, Carlos Maria Romero & Steven Warwick, a London showcase from The Death Of Rave, and the second instalment of the Serpentine Galleries’ year-long ecological symposium, featuring Sophia Al-Maria, Sabine Hauert, Daisy Hildyard.

LCMF 2018 takes place at Ambika P3, with extra events happening at Second Home, Bloc and Walmer Yard. A full programme can be found on their website.