Why do we create art and what do we expect it to do? This is the question posed in ’68′. In the beginning we witness the creative act: a poet, writing and speaking out the earliest fragments of his poems; discovering through experiment his voice, both physically and figuratively. It alludes to Isidore Isou, a romanian-born poet who, in 1942, at the age of 17, moved to Paris and wrote a manifesto on ‘lettrisme’, sparking a movement. With each creative moment, our poet’s own energy and imagination are embodied in the actions of the percussion, violoncelle, and the mise-en-scène.
But what of society? What of government? Our poet realizes that his artistic actions have no way of changing society unless he confronts social and economic issues, at the expense of artistic vision. Our poet decides that his art must not simply discover and create and describe, it must enact.
Guy Debord’s Société du Spectacle, a work whose message is as relevant today as it was leading up to Mai '68, is central to this decision. Our poet accosts us, the audience, urging us to see the spectacle for what it is, and how it is not real society.
Throughout the piece we see the works of Jacques Villegle, constantly putting the mirror to the moment- and in so doing, they make us aware of our present moment.
Mellissa Hughes, soprano. April 20th, 2012 at Roulette. MATA Festival.
- A position of influence, giving a speech
- An absence of message yet a desire to persuade
- Electronic toys: a laryngophone and metal transducers
- Text from Charles De Gaulle (speech from his response to May '68 movement in Paris), followed with additional statements of growing desperation and changed tactics in this ill-fated attempt to win over an audience.
Attention: Do NOT listen through computer speakers. Only good headphones or speakers with good enough Bass.
Diamanten (Diamonds) celebrates the lives of a number of exemplary women – women with powerful, shining souls, which they carry with them like jewellery. Like diamonds – cold and inaccessible from the outside, but at the same time extraordinarily beautiful and valuable – the women sparkle and shine, despite their vulnerability and loneliness.
Compositions by Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, György Kurtág, Giacinto Scelsi, Samir Odeh Tamimi, Karin Rehnqvist and Aribert Reimann are the vocal precious stones, finely cut to produce glittering jewels in Diamonds.
Jennifer van der Hart, Camille Hesketh, Bauwien van der Meer, Francine Vis
Giacinto Scelsi: Sauh III +IV
György Kurtag: Attila Joszef fragments
Robert Zuidam: Les Murs
Pascal Dusapin: il-li-ko
Georges Aperghis: from Cinq calmes plats, Calme Plat 3
Pascal Dusapin: Two walking
Georges Aperghis: uit Six Tourbillons
She and He, each with their own memories in two different worlds. Can they find each other? She immerses herself in emotional Sapphic poetry, reminisces, speaks of desire. He is at a turning point. His words are mere fragments of memories threaded together; he rewrites the past. Her language is epic, like the memory of ancient Western civilisation. His language is faltering, the language of the modern age.
An Index of Memories is a staged concert about memory and its emotions. It departs from the texts left to us by the Ancient Greek poet Sappho. The love, erotic desire and the hope she articulates are timeless emotional memories.
Annelies Van Parys had already set a number of Sappho’s poems to music. They have now become the starting-point for a full-length composition in which past and present meet and complement one another. Caroline Petrick puts the concept of ‘staged concert’ to the test. Between performance and concert, space and absence of space, between index and memory, she searches for a way in which music can be thought.
A production by Muziektheater Transparant in co-production with deSingel, Spectra Ensemble and VocaalLAB Nederland.
Composition: Annelies van Parys
Lyrics: Sappho & Annelies van Parys
Conductor: Marit Strindlund
Director: Caroline Petrick
Instrumental ensemble: Spectra Ensemble
VocaalLAB soloists: Els Mondelaers (mezzo soprano), Arnout Lems (baritone), Camille Hesketh (soprano), Maria de los Angeles Marques Fernandez (soprano), Fanny Alofs (mezzo soprano/alto)
Piano repetitor: Henry Kelder