The past week we’ve been exploring the space that is our bodies, from within and in relation to the rest. We’ve explored the our resonance – from our own vocal chords and through the input of others. Together with choreographer and dancer Saga Sigursdottir (IS) and musician and composer Michael Møller (DK) we’ve worked, de-constructed and experienced the nooks and crannies of sound and music. The students divided into two groups and worked through out the week separate, exploring the natural movement of the body, relating themselves in the space, floating between a polyphonic vocal scape into a unison choir and back again.
So on Friday the exploration entered another phase, an expanded space,
you were all welcome to our first exhibition for the semester.
Meeting up in the Cinema, half of the group performed a handful of improvised dance pieces based on the exercises from the week; solo, in group and together with the audience.
With mirror movements, bursts of stillness and bursts sheer energy the dancers expanded and entwined everyone around.
Oh how we all danced.
The congregation then transformed the movement and energies from the dancing in the civic hall to a procession crossing the bridge up to the Blue Church. There the other half of the group introduced their hour. A Collective harmony piece transforming on a ringing cymbal to a fluxus cut-up orchestration of Cyndi Lauper – Time after Time set the tone for the evening.
Further the group visited a vocal piece by John Cage spreading out on the church balcony encircling the audience. The class then performed a piece fittingly named ‘Little Blue Church’. Ending the evening with an improvised piano piece played in marathon by all participants of the group – reverberating through the fjord valley out into the night.
Oh, we’re all so proud!
Thank you all, participants, audience and performers for a fantastic evening.
We’re greatly looking forward to see you all next week!
All enter concertedly at the same moment, this is – two weeks ago.
All is optional – and we’re in this together; those wishing; gather to choose a note which resonates with your timbre, tempo and enter at palpitation, there’s no other time.
Sing 13 (f3) “BE IN CONFUSION” means: sing the words.
“BE IN CONFUSION” on a length of a breath note (syllables freely disposed) thirteen times;
the same note each time; of the thirteen notes three (any three) may be loud, the rest soft. After each note take a breath and sing again. In confusion; listen and find the resonance of the room, the space and time. Be in it – Hum 7.
“Hum 7″ means: hum a length of a breath note seven times; the same note each time; all soft.
“Speak 1″ means: speak. In steady tempo for all to listen – all, in a low voice, once – listen.
Each member chooses ones own note (in silence) for the first week – this must be the starting point.
All enter together at (“IF”). For each subsequent week choose a note that you can hear being sung by in the room and let it resonate with the greater room. Listen.
It may be necessary to move to within earshot of certain notes to hear all harmonies.
The note, once chosen, must be carefully retained. Time may be taken over the choice.
If there is no note, or only the note you’ve just been singing, or only a note or notes that you are unable to sing, choose your note for the next week freely. Each singer progresses through the semester at ones own speed.
All must have completed “hum 3 (f2)” before the signal for the last week is given but may be done at any point.
Next week, week 3 – sing 5 (f1) “THE PAST” – find your note.