World Premiere October 1, 2021, St. Elisabeth-Kirche Invalidenstr. 3, 10115 Berlin

Performative installation with field recordings and videos from the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, traditional chants and the live performance of Berlin amateur singers. Inspired by Morton Feldman’s vocal piece „Three Voices“.

Along the conflict zone in the northern part of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, the artist and director Matthias Schönijahn and his team meet local folk singers. Together they set out into the landscape of the border region searching for the influences of the singers voices. The resulting audio-visual material will be presented to the public for the first time on October 1, 2021, in the form of a spatial installation with live performance in the St. Elisabeth Church in Berlin.

At the center of the installation WHO’D HAVE THOUGHT THAT SNOW FALLS is the voice. What can it tell us beyond words? How is it shaped by the lifeworld and how does it, in turn, shape the Umwelt? In resonance with the war-torn space, the voices and videos span an arc between the current war in eastern Ukraine and recent German history. Visitors are invited to move freely within the atmospheric setting. As a link between the audio-visual composition and the space, Berlin amateur singers approach the songs and sounds from Ukraine with their voices. Morton Feldman’s principle of a voice singing with the recording of itself is thereby extended to the choral.

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) and Horodyschtsche (Tetyana Hrabchuk, Lyubov Kornienko, Rayisa Shuhaylo, Svitlana Konovalova)

lay choir Berlin: 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, translation Tereza Yakovyna // press Sarah Rosenau


Images by Stefanie Kulisch

in cooperation with Kulturbüro Elisabeth
Digital in Berlin
funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds