In the three-phase project HORIZONS OF A BIRD, classical singers Claudia van Hasselt and Angela Postweiler question both the binary division of singing into professional and non-professional components and the line of cultural demarcation drawn between the
urban and the rural. The project intertwines composed vocal works, experimental
“real-time music” and intermedia/audiovisual forms of staging, culminating in a world premiere production by scenic composer Amen Feizabadi featuring all of these elements.
The open-process approach employed here, allowing space for everything from stubborn perfectionism to the embrace of failure, enables a certain detachment from aesthetic hierarchies, as well as from the rigid barrier between professional and amateur singers.
Intermedia artist Nicolas Wiese provides collaged and electronically altered images and sounds, based on material found onsite. The playful interaction between his pre-produced footage and the live transmission promises to make “aesthetic latency” the core principle of the project’s first phase, the three performances to be live streamed on 4th / 5th July.
Set 1 – Sat 4th July – 6pm
Set 2 – Sat 4th July – 8pm
Set 3 – Sun 5th July – 6pm
Angela Postweiler: soprano
Claudia van Hasselt: mezzo soprano
Nicolas Wiese: visual composition, animation, EAI
Music by: Georges Aperghis, Pascal Dusapin, Farzia Fallah, Amen Feizabadi, Ali Gorji, Luigi Nono, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Postweiler/van Hasselt/Wiese
Sound engineer: Jonathan Richter
Curated by: Claudia van Hasselt
Graphic design/trailer: Nicolas Wiese
Location: Betonest Stolpe/Oder, in cooperation with Ponderosa e.V.
kindly supported by Musikfonds
Phase II will be a vocal lab and Phase III will be an on-site concert installation at Betonest. Stay tuned for more info!