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Prelude

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Ula Sickle, Stine Janvin Motland & Yann Leguay

Performance 55min (2014)


Choreographer Ula Sickle and Sound artist Yann Leguay have previously collaborated on several intimate solo performances, examining the interaction between movement, voice, sound and light. In Prelude Sickle and Leguay work for the first time with the Norwegian vocalist Stine Janvin Motland. With her use of extended vocal technique, Motland explores the limits of the human voice, entering into dialogue with the amplified elements present onstage. The hum of electricity, the buzz of the lights, digital noise, feedback and Motland's eerie vocals all create an intricate musical score between the organic and the inorganic, the human and the digital.


Prelude arises out of the reflection that the body is rapidly becoming an extension of technology and not the inverse - technology as an extension of the body. Current ecological interest in notions of 'resilience', as opposed to 'sustainability', posits a world in which radical and unexpected change will become the norm, requiring us to develop our abilities to adapt rather than imposing our own order on an unstable environment. In this sense, Prelude is both an introduction and a warning call: to what extent can we adapt or ‘tune’ ourselves into, or are irrevocably transformed by, the environments we have ourselves created.


Creation Ula Sickle, Stine Janvin Motland, Yann Leguay Performance Stine Janvin Motland Stage direction, choreography Ula Sickle Live sound Yann Leguay Vocal arrangements Stine Janvin Motland Lighting design Ula Sickle & Elke Verachtert Executive production Caravan Production (Brussels, BE) Coproduction Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR) Residencies (research) Workspacebrussels (BE), PACT Zollverein (Essen, DE), STUK Arts Centre (Leuven, BE), BUDA Arts Centre (Kortrijk, BE) Residencies (creation) Kaaitheater (Brussels, BE), STUK (Leuven, BE), MA Scène Nationale – Pays de Montbéliard (FR) With the support of the Flemish Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region (tbc) Thanks to Anne-Catherine Kunz, Tamara Milla-Vigo, David Helbich, Boglarka Borcsok, Elisa Yvelin, Anna Cristina Velasquez and all those who participated in the research process.

 

 

Performance Première 6 & 7 November, 2014

Kaaitheater, Brussels BE

In Prelude (2014), a production that was performed in the Brussels Kaaitheater, the Norwegian singer Stine Janvin Motland tried to adapt to a sensitive, overstimulating environment: aggressive wind machines, nervous ticking fluorescent tubes and speakers that transmit white noise, putting her vulnerable body to the test in a highly direct manner. With the help of her extended vocal techniques – in which the possibilities of the human voice are explored to beyond what we consider recognisable - Motland explores the boundaries between the organic and inorganic, between the human and the digital. Due to Leguay's subtle live sound modulation often it is no longer obvious whether we hear Motland singing or whether her airy notes are being manipulated electronically.

Charlotte de Somviele in "Contemporary Dance in Flanders" an online special by Flanders Arts Institute