Ula
Sickle
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Echoic Choir

Text

Stine Janvin & Ula Sickle
Performance (1 hour)

Online Première: Dampfzentrale - Bern, April 10th 2021

Live premiere:Wiener Festwochen - Vienna, June 3rd, 4th, 5th 2021


A new collaboration between vocalist Stine Janvin (NO) and choreographer Ula Sickle (CA/PL/BE), Echoic Choir, evokes the ritual of coming together on a dance floor around music in the late hours of the night. Relying on the power of acoustic voices and spatial resonance, the project aims to create a collective and immersive sensorial event, by placing the performers and the audience in a shared space, such as a rave or nightclub. Sound, choreography and the visual aspects of the work, such as light, create a strong synesthetic experience for the audience.

While gathering together in a nightclub has been almost impossible over the past year due to the new reality brought about by the Covid19 pandemic, Echoic Choir takes on the challenge of using 'physical distancing' rules as artistic parameters. The notion of an intimate dance floor is gradually becoming a vague memory. Revisiting this setting and its sensory memories, albeit within new parameters, invites new perspectives on a familiar scenario. The spectators are invited to participate in the work through their listening and their physical presence, embodying a new kind of collective ritual.


Concept, composition Stine Janvin
Concept, choreography Ula Sickle
Performance Michelle Cheung, Stine Janvin, Roman Ole, Rishin Singh, Ula Sickle & Annalise Van Even
Research Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Lisa Vereertbrugghen
Light Marcel Webber (MFO), Ofer Smilansky
Sound
Olivia Oyama
Libretto, dramaturgy Persis Bekkering
Costumes Wang Consulting 
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 Caravan Production (Brussels)