Piece for live-electronics, gestures and voice
2012, 12 min
Performance at HKB Bern
In the piece "A. wie Albertine", the thought world of French writer Marcel Proust imbues a collage of words, gestures, and sounds, which a performer presents in a staged situation. The text is made up of restructured excerpts from the seven volumes of “Lost Time” the deal with the character Albertine. The words, in parts spoken or recorded, are accompanied by countless sound fragments and musical miniatures that make up a network of associations and fragments. The collage aims to adapt the individual style of Proust’s writing, such as the notoriously long subordinate clauses or the highly analytical tone. The collage also includes the choreographed gestures of the performer. With the help of a sensor attached to his wrist, the performer controls the audio through movements. Words, gestures, and sounds form a dense symbiosis in which Albertine, the vanished one, is present in her conspicuous absence.
Composition/Performance: Leo Hofmann