Choir Piece - Felix Kindermann
Performance Choir Piece
→ Performed on Sunday January 13, 2019 during the final day of the exhibition Charline von Heyl - Snake Eyes.
In staging the choir Ghent Singers as a moving sculpture, Felix Kindermann's "Choir Piece" questions our relationship with the term togetherness, mirroring today's Zeitgeist along with its societal distortions. Through rearrangement, fragmentation, and techniques of acoustic distortion, the work creates a feeling of alienation, destabilizing the interrelated appearance and effect of the choir as a familiar cultural asset, blurring the lines which are dissolved through the play with essential opposites like harmony and disharmony, the individual and the collective.
American composer Natalie Dietterich’s commissioned score “Composition for Separated Musicians” applies Kindermann's far reaching intervention on the coherent structure of the ensemble, such that its harmony remains in tact. Using Kindermann's text, her composition allows for a permanent spatial modulation of the singers, whilst staying connected via acoustic set pieces, despite their actual spatial modulation. As the sound of the voices fills the volume of the museum, German choreographer Florian Fischer translates the themes of separation and connection into movements that play out over the entire exhibition space.
Concept and text: Felix Kindermann
Composer: Natalie Dietterich
Choreographer: Florian Fischer
Choir: Ghent Singers
Sopranos: Juliette Allen, Marion Bouwens, Liza Dedapper, Morgan Heyse
Altos: Jolien De Gendt, Sonia Sheridan Jacquelin, Jonathan De Ceuster, Paúl Sojo
Tenors: Geoffrey Degives, Guillaume Huybrechts, Hendrik Mispelon, Ivan Yohan
Basses: Andrés Soler Castano, Wouter Vande Ginste, Jan Moeyaert, Mark Trigg
Projectsponsors: Mark & Svenja Lüdemann
Photography: Lola Pertsowsky
Film: Rik Vannevel