BREAKING THE CODES (Zamenhof Project)
It is an international music theatre project, inspired by the ideas and life of Ludwik Zamenhof, the creator of the universal language Esperanto and a promoter of world peace. The full scale around 2 hours long interdisciplinary piece will comprise of originally composed music and dramatized scenes with choreography. This will be created for a 15-piece ensemble and an international group of soloists. (2 dancers/vocalists, 2 actors/vocalists, 2 instrumentalists/vocalists and 3 live electronics/video artists).
The piece will be exploring different types of communication in various contexts. We want to take a close look into the differences and varieties within languages, celebrating them and searching for common ground like the universal languages (i.e. Esperanto, as opposed to concepts of common languages that took the place of the universal ones i.e. English). The form of the composition deals largely with musical language - instrumental, sound and language codes, rhythmical language, and language in general, as well as Braille, sign language and non-verbal communication expressed in physical theatre and contemporary dance. An international group of performers coming from different artistic backgrounds will emphasise the significance of language and reveal its essence.
Better understanding and better communication between people leads up to a more peaceful world, opening up a way for a non-violent, mutual cultural exchange, which what this research is about.
Musically the piece will focus on different sound elements of languages (intonation, rhythm, phonemes, etc, of Yiddish, Arabic, Esperanto, Dutch, German, Polish and French), as well as coded systems and strong rhythmical elements using a large number of extended vocal techniques and contemporary instrumental writing. Live electronic players will also process the sound of voice and instruments to create another sonic layer.
Theatrically we will explore physical ways of communication (and miscommunication) in spoken word, kinetics, sign language, physical theatre and choreography. Therefore we plan to work with an international group of combined performance artists: musicians, actors, and dancers
Stage design will reflect the maze situation we are stuck in when trying to find the right expression towards a recipient. Costumes will also add a layer of how people portray themselves to the outside world.
Gaudeamus Foundation (Utrecht, Netherlands)
Amsterdamse Bostheater (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Muziekhuis (Utrecht, Netherlands), Theatre Institute (Warsaw, Poland), Theatre Kubus in Kielce (Poland), Academie voor Theater en Dans (Amsterdam), Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (Germany)
WITH THE SUPPORT OF:
Performing Arts Foundation NL (Fonds Podiumkunsten)
Posted 6 February 2018