This collaborative performance from vocalist Stine Janvin and choreographer Ula Sickle evokes the ritual of coming together on a dance floor around music in the late hours of the night. While gathering in a nightclub has been almost impossible over the past years due to the new reality brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Echoic Choir takes on the challenge of using 'physical distancing' rules as artistic parameters.
Relying on the power of acoustic voices and spatial resonance, the project aims to create a collective and immersive sensorial event, by placing performers and audience in a shared space. Sound, choreography and lights create a strong synesthetic experience that channels the embodied experience of being on a late-night dance floor. Revisiting this setting and its sensory memories, albeit within new parameters, allows for new perspectives on a familiar scenario. The spectators are invited to participate in the work through their listening and their physical presence, realising a new kind of collective ritual.
Concept, composition Stine Janvin Concept, choreography Ula Sickle With Michelle Cheung, Sidney Barnes, Annalise van Even, Roman Ole, Stine Janvin, Ula Sickle (originally with Rishin Singh) Libretto, Dramaturgy Persis Bekkering Costumes Wang Consulting Lights Marcel Weber (MFO), Ofer Smilansky Sound Olivia Oyama Research Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Lisa Vereertbrugghen Shuffle steps Harrison and Hlyan Graphic design D-E-A L Coproduction Wiener Festwochen, MUNCH (Oslo), STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven), Dampfzentrale Bern With the support of the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program Residencies Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Dampfzentrale Bern Executive production, diffusion Future Works.
Echoic Choir will be performed on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 April.