An award-winning project of n.e.s.e.v.e.n. and Compagnie Humaine.
"Reaching Out", under the direction of composer Ondřej Adámek and choreographer Eric Oberdorff, two percussionists, two dancers of Compagnie Humaine (directed by Eric Oberdorff) and the six singers of N.E.S.E.V.E.N. (directed by Ondřej Adámek) combine into one ensemble. They are in search of a new physicality and authenticity in music and its interpretation. "Reaching Out" consists of three compositions by two composers - three contrasting pieces dealing with material from different epochs and moods of society. The focus is on the contradiction of the sensual, material human body and the immateriality of the "human soul".
In the process of striving to come to terms with one's own inner self, distance, violence and isolation can be overcome. It is this search, this need for meaning, this desire for inner peace that "Reaching Out" pursues through musical-performative means. For this, Adámek uses personal texts of Jewish- German-Czech correspondence from the time of National Socialism as well as texts by the contemporary Icelandic author Sjón, among others. Murakami is concerned with an unusual natural phenomenon: salmon crossing man-made roads by exerting enormous effort, often at the cost of their lives.
photo: Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia - © Andrea Avezzù
Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia - © Andrea Avezzù
Fish dance when they are not sleeping
Opera for the deaf // Futurists Foundation
This new opera piece is a true collaboration from the start, between the two cultures or worlds, the ones who use voice and the ones who use gestures in order to communicate or create. Therefore, it is a truly interdisciplinary project and an incredible opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other artists coming from different countries on the future of performance art in general. The performance takes place between the unreal world of a dream, with blurred, bended forms, eluding reason and logic, and the over exaggerated quasi-reality of the raw rationalist world. This intimate piece is partly an attempt to understand the frustration of Deaf people resulting from their misunderstanding by hearing people, and partly the creation of a space in which both these worlds and types of perception as well as methods of communication interpenetrate and influence each other.
photo credit: Thomas Brand