Bodies and sensors merge in a musicdance performance about the loss of language
3 dancers and 2 percussionists
wearing sensors on their bodies|
bring into being a landscape of voices and sounds
in a performance about the loss of language
Spoken fragments, detached from their physical origin, keep hovering over the scenes in UNMUTE. The performers are paradoxically both in control and controlled by them. As prophets, mediums, daemons and cyborgs, they are speaking to us and for us, expressing an urgency to communicate.
UNMUTE is musicdance performance, a hybrid outcome of an encounter between composer Yannis Kyriakides and choreographer Keren Levi. During the performance dance, live percussion and digital soundscape are interwoven by the performers, 3 dancers and 2 musicians of percussion ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag. They all wear sensors on their bodies, their physical skills and new technology play upon each other. With this project Kyriakides and Levi tread on barely explored ground where technology and human physicality lead to new perspectives.
In UNMUTE is not about the content or the meaning of speech. Central to the piece is the space created for the muted to articulate their demand to be heard. In that no man’s land between ancient and post-human technologies, opportunity for transformation and emancipation arise. UNMUTE is a fascinating performance that is both topical and poetic.
Concept and Choreography Keren Levi | Concept and Musical Composition Yannis Kyriakides
In collaboration with: Performance, Music and Choreography Eva Susova, Charlie Laban Trier, Matthew Day, Fedor Teunisse, Marianna Soroka, (Pepe Garcia in the development stage)| Dramaturgal advice Igor Dobričić | Sensor Server and Software Development Darien Brito | Sensor System and Sound Technique Michele Abolaffio | Light Desgin and Technique Martin Kaffarnik | Styling (Marrianna, Matthew, Charlie & Eva) Ginta Tinte | Photography Eti Steinberg, Assi Weitz | Graphic Design Miritte Ben Yitzchak | Management and Strategy Jette Schneider (NeverLike/Transistor) Liesbeth Kok (Slagwerk Den Haag) | Fund-raising and Concept Development Judith Schoneveld (NeverLike/Transistor) | Marketing and PR Liorah Hoek (NeverLike), Marije de Graaf (Slagwerk Den Haag) | Production Stephie Kolman (Slagwerk Den Haag) | Premiere October 3rd, 2019 | Festival Nederlandse Dansdagen, Maastricht NL
UNMUTE is a co-production of Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag and is funded by Performing Arts Fund NL, Norma Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. With the support of Veem House for Performance, BAU dance & performance platform Amsterdam & ICK Amsterdam.