LISTENING TO PETER & BEN
© Jana Kießer
A chair. A singer. A record player. Wearing headphones, the singer explores the sounds of an old vinyl record: Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo. The song cycle was the first major composition written by the English composer and pianist Benjamin Britten for the love of his life, the tenor Peter Pears.
The audience observes the singer's body while listening to the music, but is unable to hear anything themselves. The needle is set back to the beginning and the singer now hums small fragments of what he hears. Next, the singer connects the record player to a speaker and now the audience and singer hear together. Gradually the singer alters more and more parameters of the listening experience.
What happens to the body of a singer when he listens to music? Which words can be used to describe what we hear, and how do these words have an effect on it? When does love become audible?
In this forty-minute performance, director Wenzel U. Vöcks and tenor Daniel Arnaldos explore the possibilities of hearing as a dynamic phenomenon, using this historical recording of Britten and Pears to uncover an acoustical queer heritage.
Concept and staging Wenzel U. Vöcks
Performance and singing Daniel Arnaldos
A production by Wenzel U. Vöcks, in cooperation with TATWERK | Performative Forschung.
Thank you to Pedro Beriso for his wonderful support as pianist from afar. Thanks to bartmann berlin for the kind support.
The photograph of Britten and Pears used in the performance is suppled courtesy of Britten Pears Arts.
In addition to our classical sliding scale system, where each one decides how much to pay according to the own possibilities, we created a Special Support Ticket for all those able to donate an extra coin to the independent culture scene.
The event will take place with the application of hygiene measures. The wearing of a mouth-nose cover is part of the hygiene concept. Visitors who cannot wear a mouth-nose-cover expose themselves to an increased risk of infection. In case of respiratory symptoms, visitors will not be admitted to the event.
We hope for your understanding.
- 11 December 2020 20:30
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