An explorative evening of independent film and music.

Directed by Michael Blackwood
featuring Laurie Anderson, Tania Leon, Meredith Monk and Pauline Oliveros

Filmed at rehearsals and performances in the United States and abroad, this documentary captures composers and performers and examines their considerable contributions to contemporary American music.

PERFORMANCE: Ingrid Plum performs scores from her ‘Taut’ vocal composition project.

Plum uses her voice with extended technique, improvisation, field recordings and electronics, to create layered soundscapes, spoken word and songs.

This exciting event continues our series of film and performance curated by Daniel W J Mackenzie – musician, sound artist and curator based in Brighton.

Those who loved the experimental vibe of Dear Serge will love this interdisciplinary Cinema Expanded  where surround audio, regular cinema seating, and live performance will all take place in our compact Auditorium Foyer space.

Advance booking is highly recommended.

About the Film

The Sensual Nature of Sound portrays  the musical lives of these New York based composer/performers. Although all four women are pioneers in American music, each composer pursues a distinct direction of her own. Since the early 1980s, Laurie Anderson has used music and performance as the foundation for her multi-media stage shows which have since become her trademark. Cuban born Tania Leon composes orchestral music that is an intricate weave of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz elements embedded within a classical Western concerto format. Meredith Monk experiments with new ideas in music theatre and has developed a genre of opera very much her own. Pauline Oliveros draws upon the rich resources of ritual, myth, meditation, and improvisation to create a body of work that is truly visionary. Filmed at rehearsals and performances in the United States and abroad, The Sensual Nature of Sound examines the contributions of these diverse composers to contemporary American music.

About the Performance

At the end of 2016 Ingrid traveled to New York to study directly with Meredith Monk. Taut is a collaborative project exploring a tension between notated sound and performed sound, in response to Monk’s reluctance to score her work which she considers an oral tradition.  Ingrid asked composers and music makers to write a score specifically for herself, for interpretation using voice, percussion and electronics to perform and record on an album this spring. Essentially her work over the past year is trying to precariously balance juxtapositions of conceptual sound (heard in the mind) and real, experienced sound.  With the voice as a primary instrument, this process taps into themes of identity, vulnerability and both internal and external dialogue.

About the Curator

Daniel W J Mackenzie is a musician, sonic artist and curator of (primarily) music, sound art and film who organises events alone and with various groups including Lost Property, a collective he co-founded. He has performed and exhibited internationally, most recently in Oslo, Berlin and Cape Town. Daniel is increasingly influenced by the globalisation of sound and the role it plays in forging connections, sharing environments and transporting listeners.

About Dear Serge

New, edgy and sometimes completely random cutting-edge eclectic live performances from live music and art to the more diverse artistic practices delivered to you by local and international artists as well as works from students at the University of Brighton.

Check our March event Touch The Sound: A Sound Journey With Evelyn Glennie


Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

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Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

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On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
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  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.