Someone comes running from afar, first a dot and then slowly a dash, becoming a figure in the backlight. He stands before you and takes your place, turns around, looks through the empty street and is surprised by the echo of an appearance that was once just there. You focus your eyes on an imperceptible silhouette against the backlight. The peering so intense that it turns into staring and the wings of the street fade into suggestions of houses stuck together. At a certain point you undoubtedly think to be seeing what you remember. (a tourguide 6 Leo Divendal, 2012)
First there was a blip, an exchanged picture of a piano, an unsuspecting picture, but in its guilelessness so exceptional and touching. Daniele Queiroz did make this picture, I think in São Paulo, but I did never ask her. The piano in her picture seems to withdraw itself the longer you look at it and transports you to somewhere else, a memory, a certain mood, a landscape in the distance, an unfulfilled desire.
This exchange took place around two years ago and this image became the germ, the blip that coming from the distance, has been developed to twenty short stories I did write: Piano Etudes, a musical theatre performance in 20 short stories and piano music.
But before this dot, there have been memories, fragments and pieces, forming a thread, binding and, melting into a landscape, in which sometimes something explodes or appears, hesitating in the beginning, hardly remarked and then sudden on a day more present as seen before.
In this way a picture can be an impulse for such a bulge in the landscape of the spirit. Only a few days after this exchange, I wrote the first Piano Etude, at the airport of São Paulo, waiting for a flight that went buzzing me at a height of ten thousand meters in a flow of thousand kilometer an hour through space from the one continent to the other. All the time I still have to try to believe that this is possible.
These messages from afar will appear from now in a certain rhythm and regularity, to get you involved in this, in all freedom to write or to read, to seduce you of course to come to one of the performances of the Piano Etudes, the project you can read and hear about on www.pianoetudes.nl.