Elaine Mitchener, „The Rolling Calf“ © D. Djuric
A memento of the unspoken: The new piece of music theatre "Songs for Captured Voices," by Philipp Bergmann, Sandra E. Blatterer, Laure M. Hiendl, Göksu Kunak, Elaine Mitchener, Thea Reifler and the ensemble KNM Berlin comes to radialsystem at the beginning of February. The project centres around human voices that have been instrumentalised time and again throughout history and become the object of asymmetrical power negotiations. Audio recordings from German prisoner-of-war camps from the First and Second World Wars serve as the background of this project, as do acoustic recordings taken from the setting of current asylum procedures. The recordings themselves are not played or reproduced onstage; rather, the capture of these human voices acts as a starting point for attentive listening: the original music composed for this project allows what remains unspoken and hidden, what exists in the in-between sounds and blurriness, to resound.
Due to circumstances, the music theatre "Songs for Captured Voices" will be released as an album version on the radar on the radialsystem website in February. This version includes a sound recording of the music as well as a booklet with the libretto and photographs of the stage work.
- Composition Laure M. Hiendl
- Libretto Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk
- Voice Elaine Mitchener
- Performance and Choreography Djibril Sall
- Music Ensemble KNM Berlin
- Direction Philipp Bergmann und Thea Reifler
- Light Sandra E. Blatterer
- Costume Nicholas Navarro Rueda
- Photography Rita Couto
- Production ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
- Graphic Jamila Wolfgruber
A production by Bergamann /Reifler /Hiendl GbR in cooperation with radialsystem. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The preliminary research was supported by the Initialförderung Fonds Darstellende Künste.
A composition commission by the radialsystem, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation.
Media partners: Ask Helmut, ExBerliner and tip Berlin.