Performative installation for eleven audio and three video channels. With field recordings and videos from the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, traditional chants and the live performance of Berlin amateur singers. World-Premiere 01.10.2021 Sankt-Elisabeth Kirche Berlin (Mitte)
The projects starting point is the voice. What does it tell beyond words? How is it shaped by the living world and how does it in turn shape the Umwelt? How is, what is inscribed into the voice audible through each singer? And how, for example, are traumas inscribed in the voice transmitted over distance and across generations? In the spring of 2021, artist and director Matthias Schönijahn and his team met with local folk singers near the conflict zone in the north of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk.
Based on interviews and listening sessions with the Luhansk voices, corresponding images were created together. These images, voices and sounds form the basis for Martyna Poznańska’s eleven channel audio composition.
Starting in February 2021 parallel to the travel to Luhansk and the creation of the videos and the composition, a choir of Berlin women was formed especially for this project. Some of the singers had never sung or had stage experience before.
Following the folkloric idea that everyone can find their voice, the women were guided by Paulina Miu Kühling to explore their singing voices using open vocal techniques that are used as-well by the Luhansk singers.
The installation space is formed by three video screens that divide the space into three interconnected areas. Blocks of concrete form obstacles and seatings. As a link between the space and the audio-visual composition, the amateur singers from Berlin relate with their voices to the voices and sounds from Ukraine. Visitors are invited to move freely.
With singers and dancers from the Luhansk villages Bilolutzk Lyudmyla Shulyak, Petro Chepelukha, Valentyna Derkach, Lyudmyla Horshkova, Oksana Hutnyeva, Lyudmyla Ilarionova, Tetyana Kandyba, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Yuriy Maksymenko, Anna Nevidoma, Nataliya Shepilova, Oleh Volkov, Tetyana Zaytseva // Osinove Ol’ha Bushlya, Lyubov Molochkova, Mariya Sahradova, Zinayida Skovorodka, Kateryna Tkachenko // Horodyschtsche Tetyana Hrabchuk, Lyubov Kornienko, Rayisa Shuhaylo, Svitlana Konovalova
With Berlin amateur singers: Ewa Brokos, Agnieszka Bułacik, Claudia Eckstein, Mina Djordjević, Katharina Fischer, Anna Jaśniak, Julia Legezynska, Joana Katarzyna Pietras
Artistic direction, camera, stage direction Matthias Schönijahn // choir direction, composition choir Paulina Miu Kühling // composition, sound design Martyna Poznańska // dramaturgy, choreographic collaboration Rose Beermann // co-conception composition, field/choir – recordings – Johannes van Bebber // dramaturgy video Ljupcho Temelkovski // light design Maika Knoblich // costumes Ewa Brokos // video editing Johannes Plank // scientific consulting Vlada Rusina // production management Birgit Voigt // production management Ukraine Valera Zherih // graphic design, artistic assistance, translation Tereza Yakovyna // press Sarah Rosenau