Christoph WinklerThe Voice That You Are
The project explores the concept of voice via performance by relating the dramatic voice of music theater to the voices of citizens living in Dortmund.
About the Piece
This project explores the concept of voice via performance by relating the dramatic voice of music theater to the voices of citizens living in Dortmund. The dancing or rather the performing body functions as a translator between the two. The project began with a meeting between a group of Dortmund residents and singers of the ensembles during which both sides shared their experiences, doubts and expectations about opera. The starting point of the dialogue was the simple question: “What should we sing about?”
This question then spawned a series of interviews, which more often than not evolved into real dialogue between the citizens and the singers.
After the interviews, the singers chose vocal pieces, which they considered possible answers to the questions posed beforehand, resulting in a collection of a wide range of diverse material. All these works were then recorded in the studio. These musical answered became the second cornerstone of the project.
Next, the musical answers will be combined with live sung material into an opera of voices. Composer Tian Rotteveel works with dynamic, musical systems, e.g. sounds partially controlled by an AI, which can be combined with live singing. The singers’ voices are first dis-embodied and then digitally reassembled.
The resulting soundscape opens up a sphere of activity for the dancers, within which they in turn playfully re-embody the suggestions and desires of the citizens, resulting in chimeras, ephemeral creatures and possible forms intertwined with the interview material.
And it is in this space of acoustic and physical possibilities that the dancers permanently engage in the translation of previously initiated dialogue.
Concept/Choreography: Christoph Winkler | Composition: Tian Rotteveel | Video-Installation: Mirko Winkel | Dramaturgy Oper Dortmund: Houssie Shirin | Musical Supervision / Vocal Coach: Ignacio Jarquin | Costumes Design: Raki Fernandez | With: Dénise Beck, Sunnyboy Dladla (Singing), Sophie Prins, Lisa Rykena, Ahmed Soura, Rocio Marano (Dance/Performance) | Production Management: Laura Biagioni | Technical Direction: Claes Schwennen |