The six performers of this piece listen, individually and through headphones, the audio track of a soundtrack that is compounded of diﬀerent ﬁlms that belong to a broad common imaginary. This soundtrack is sung and activated through the voices of this choir, instantly. The ear and the voice of the performers form a continuum. The six voices amplify the audio track in the same moment in which they are listening to it, creating a sonic journey from atmospheric intensities to soundscapes, going through dialogues accompanied by the sound of objects, reaching cries that appear above tiny frequencies, entering into everyday sonic environments that propose a background, a spatial sound context: auditive references, phonic mutations, phonetic misunderstandings, echoes, unisons, onomatopoeias, cacophony... Thus establishing another experience of the image, something like having a "stereo view" or reading images in "24 fps (frequency per second)."
We see six bodies moving, going through the architecture of the theater. They move and stop, not taking roots but producing moments, changes in their appearance, meetings, encounters and everyday actions.However, this apparent naturalness is challenged from the superposition of the soundtrack sung by the same bodies that perform these actions. They are like "zombies", because these bodies are inhabited by other souls, possessed by other wills. In this case there are six bodies possessed by ﬁlms, by sounds. Six bodies talking among themselves and with the audience through ﬁlms.
This overlap results in a mismatch between what we see and what we hear and therefore in a continuous shift of meanings. This choreography of connections and disconnections makes the viewer be constantly generating images and associations. And so the choreography, not only occurs in the bodies of the choir, but in the mind and the eye of the spectator.
“...You know, KLONK... I think that movies are a conspiracy... I mean it... They AHEM AHEM are actually a conspiracy because they set you up... They set you up from the time you’re a little FALTAN FOTOS kKKkid. They set you up to believe in everything... in ideals and strength and BRRRUMMMMM BRUM-BRUM-BRUM-BRUMBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, of course, in love...VROOOOOM... love? HEEHEEHEEES HEEEEESSSSSSSS So you belive it.. right? ...you go out, you start looking... BRUMBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR you keep looking.
You get a job, like us, VROOOOOOOOOOOOOM your apartment and jazz. BRRRRRRRM And... you tuckaTHUCKtuckaTHUCKtucka how to be feminine, you know... You learn how to cook... HUM... (TEE)HEEHEE But there’s no Charles Boyer in my life. I never even met a Charles Boyer. I never met Clark Gable. I never met Humphrey Bogart... I mean, they don’t exist, that’s the truth. But the movies set you up and no matter how bright you are, you believe it. And KLONK ahHAHAHAAAAAAA!”
A project by Maria Jerez in collaboration with Jorge Dutor, Arantxa Martínez, Guillem Mont de Palol, Luís Miguel Félix and Ben Evans
Vocal training with Claudia Solal
Light design by Jorge Dutor and Maria Jerez
Produced by Maria Jerez
Coproduced by BUDA Arts Centre Kortrijk ,SZENE Salzburg/ apap, workspacebrussels, Le Vivat d’Armentières, Scène conventionnée danse et théâtre, MDT Stockholm, El Mercat de les Flors and El Graner, Barcelona.
With the support of University of Zagreb - Student Centre in Zagreb - Culture of Change/apap, Tanzfabrik Berlin, apap – advancing performing arts project and the European Comission. And the collaboration of Comunidad de Madrid.
Special thanks to Uriel Fogué
TEXTS & PRESS
Between the images: the deconstruction of the film narrative in the choreographic works of Maria Jerez and Hanna Hegenscheidt by Alix de Morant inside the book Narrativité & Intermédialité sur la scène contemporaine. Edited by Alix de Morant, Helga Finter, Eva Holling, Didier Plassard, Gerald Siegmund and Bernhard Siebert, to appear at Peter Lang, Frankfort, 2020.
17/03 ]domaines[ CCNMLR, Montpellier, France
06/03 What is third, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain
10&11/02 Something Raw Festival, Frascati Theater, Amsterdam, Holland
01/02 Vivat la danse! , Le Vivat, Armentières, France
19&20/11 MDT, Stockholm, Sweden
04&05/07 Sommerszene, SZENE Salzburg, Austria
09/05 Secció Irregular, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, SpainSecció Irregular, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain
22/03 Premiere at BUDA VISTA #04, Buda Kunstencentrum, Kortrijk, Belgium