Electronic feeds and streams of information run through our bodies on a daily basis. How do we adapt to this constant noise and the demands of our online presence? Choreographer Ula Sickle and vocalist Stine Janvin examine how we tend to use these very same technological means to access old philosophies, mindfulness, and relaxation with the help of yoga and meditation apps or white noise on Youtube.
Inviting the audience to breathe, sing and listen together, Tunings is a participatory performance workshop where the participants tune into each other and the surrounding space. Lead by four guides, we navigate through an open form score made up of simple instructions focusing on the individual experience of each participant and the collective presence of the group. The score requires no former experience and anyone can participate. The workshop will be in English.
With their series of tuning scores, the artists open their ongoing research process to an audience. Inspired by Pauline Oliveros’ Sonic Meditations, composers from the Wandelweiser Group, A.S.M.R. techniques (autonomous sensory meridian response) and other somatic practices, the research focuses on the voice as an instrument, exploring its acoustic potential and confronting it with environmental noise. Borrowing from vocal traditions belonging to a pre-digital era, they invite us to participate in a composition for silence, voice, and surroundings.
As strategies for harmonizing with contemporary environments, Sickle and Janvin’s research stems from their previous collaboration: Prelude (2014) – a stage performance created for the Kaaitheater in Brussels. Focusing on the current ecological crisis, the performance investigated how humans have altered their natural landscapes and how they must learn to survive in new, difficult to navigate environments. The duo builds on previous works such as The Subjective Frequency Transducer, developed by Stine Janvin and the performance Extreme Tension by Ula Sickle. For this occasion, Tunings will be assisted by dancer Marcus Baldemar and composer and artist Amina Hocine.
With a specific interest in alternatives to the canon of contemporary dance, Brussel based choreographer and performer Ula Sickle (Po/Ca) investigates ways to embody movement histories. Ula Sickle has a background in contemporary dance and was educated at the University of Toronto, Paris VIII and P.A.R.T.S. She works across disciplines and in collaboration with artists from other domains such as the visual arts, contemporary music or architecture. While her work takes many forms, from film to installation to live performance, she focuses on a choreographic approach to movement and a work on perception and reception, specific to the live arts. Ula Sickle is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Flemish Community.
Stavanger born, Berlin based vocalist Stine Janvin works with experimental music, sound and audiovisual performance. Through a diversity of projects such as the live radio play In Labour, the performative installation The Subjective Frequency Transducer, field recording adaptations duo Native Instrument, alter ego Stine II and her latest solo project Fake Synthetic Music, she explores and challenges the physical features of the voice, the acoustics of her external/internal surroundings, and new performance strategies.
Alongside her own work, Janvin is a performer of contemporary music, and contributes as a composer and performer in a number of interdisciplinary projects, such as the performance Prelude (Janvin /Sickle/Leguay). Her interest in the ambiguous and unrecognizable qualities of the voice push her to constantly search for new ways to expand her vocal repertoire. Her recent work significantly involves imitation and abstract storytelling through sound collages inspired by a variety of genres and traditions of electronic music, sound poetry, folk music and languages of various peoples, birds and animals.
Recent presentation of works include Berlin Atonal, Météo Festival, Mulhouse; NMASS, Austin TX; Rokolectiv, Bucharest, CTM festival, Berlin, Issue Project Room, NYC.