Who wants to be holy?                      

Music theatre without words

Directed by: Marijs Boulogne
With: Laura Verlinden, Tómas Lemarquis, Seiji Morimoto, Izabela and Mircea Moş
Harp: Clare Cooper
Piano: Masahiko Ueji
Guitar: Olaf Rupp, Joris Vercammen
Dramaturgy: Joris Vercammen

Co-production: deSingel, Buelens Paulina vzw, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), WRAP (Bergen)
Sponsor: Bekaert Textiles Group
With thanks to: RITS, Het Woontheater, fABULEUS
As part of: ViA – Vlaanderen in Actie
With special support from: de Vlaamse Gemeenshap

Ursula was the daughter of a Christian king who ruled Britain in the fourth century. Known as an extraordinary beautiful and chaste woman, she refused to marry a pagan governor and lose her virginity. She decided instead to make a pilgrimage to Rome, in the company of eleven thousand virgins. After setting out for Cologne, which was under siege by the Huns, all the virgins were beheaded in a massacre.

Hundreds of yards of fabric were cut up for the large embroidery sculpture made by Marijs Boulogne and Laura Verlinden. Working on this sculpture, the two made their own pilgrimage on their knees, armed with scissors and bitter to the end. The result looks like a huge pink flower organ, with each stitch representing a virgin. All together they constitute the powerful Ursula. Despite the brutal violence of the Huns, the sculpture shows no crack, no stitch is undone. Inside, Ursula remains intact, but that takes courage. Her pain cannot be described with words nor can it be healed. Yet her trauma is the core of Marijs Boulogne’s new show.

The musicians are the driving force behind the drama in the performance Who wants to be holy? The five musicians coming from all over the world find each other again in Berlin, a Mecca that has been attracting new music for decades. The continuous influx of young musicians propels the constant self-reinvention of the Berlin scene. The term 'Echtzeitmusik' was first introduced in the mid-1990s in order to distinguish the musical practices of the younger Berlin scene, a very diverse spectre of music referred to as 'Improvised Music', 'Free Jazz', 'New Music', and ‘Experimental Music'. However, uniting this cluster was improvisation,constantly present and unchanged over the years. 'Echtzeitmusik' does not distinguish between the composer and the musician; they are one and the same. Nothing is written or fixed in advance, everything happens here and now: this is ‘Now Now Music’, a term by Keith Rowe, picked up by Clare Cooper, one of the core musicians. Musicians playing this sort of music make new themes and techniques, and it is extremely difficult to find the thread. It is a listening that goes beyond the attentive focus on a single sound that occurrs, it rather feels like a deep awareness of a very vast and rich world of sound. It is a listening that goes to the core, to the bone of it. 'The Deep listening space’ opens up unexplored worlds of sound.  In short, it is ‘out of the box' thinking in music, a unique plea for openness.
In the performance music and theatre are enriching and mutually reinforcing one another.

Everybody in the world has to sing for Kali. First - because she wants to dance - and second - because she created the world. She cannot stand the way some people only pretend. Or how they sing songs they have already heard. So she carries a knife that will decapitate any cheat. Only the bravest can play close to the pile of flesh that once was her ear. 

A bizarre story is the starting point for a musical creation by Joris Vercammen, Laura Verlinden and Marijs Boulogne. The three young artists use, among other things, large quantities of fabric which they incorporate into a giant crochet work. The Grand Overture is a performance with a crocheted sculpture in the leading role and with room for film, text, new music and sound art.
Kali the bunraku figure is an original work by Marijs Boulogne and the Romanian set designer Gavril Siriteanu. The latter creates figures and images for theatre as well as ornaments, statues and icons for monasteries and churches in Bukovina and Moldova.

Performance dates
27, 28, 29 September 2012 - DeSingel, Antwerp, Belgium

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