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Listening to Peter & Ben

  • Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt
  • September 11th - 12th 2020
  • TATWERK | Berlin

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? How is the act of listening perceived from outside? When does love become audible?

Cooperation
Close-up of a young man with headphones operating a vinyl record player. © 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.

In this forty-minute performance, director Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt 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.

In cooperation with TATWERK | Performative Forschung
Thanks to Bartmann Berlin for the friendly support

Credits

Concept and staging: Wenzel Vöcks de Schwindt
Performance and singing: Daniel Arnaldos

Dates

Premiere:
September 11th 2020 | 8:30 pm
TATWERK | Berlin

Weitere Vorstellungen:
September 12th 2020 | 8:30 pm
TATWERK | Berlin

Tickets:
5 - 15€ Sliding Scale
20€ Special Support Ticket

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.