Street Ballads is designed to evolve over several stages. The live soundscape is comprised of musical improvisations, sounds and spoken passages. It is the second stage of a project that started in 2019 with a first soundscape entitled I am not alone. This performance depicting the ancient Via Egnatia route was a collaborative project with 16 museums in Switzerland (www.viaegnatia.ch). Having focused on the Western Balkans and Switzerland in 2020 and 2021, the second stage of the project will move to Bulgaria in 2022. Here, three musicians from the Swiss ensemble meet three performance artists from Bulgaria. They will collaborate to create a two-hour performance in various exhibition spaces in Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo, Burgas and Gorna Bela Rechka. Ten renowned Bulgarian authors provide the voice of a historical, mythological or legendary figure of their choice to comment on the present.
Street Ballads brings together a variety of artistic voices from all over Europe to reflect on the present and create a powerful interdisciplinary network. Our goal is to use artistic and musical means to establish creative experiential spaces and thought-provoking perspectives.
Street Ballads is a live-soundscape. It is not a classical performance, but rather a performative-vocal intervention in a museum or festival context. The acoustic landscape will be presented via narrative fragments, voice improvisations, sounds and musical quotations. The sound picture unfolds in waves over the duration of the performance and can range from a discrete acoustic sound, building up to an energetic jam session - the precise substance depends on the venue and the reactions of the audience. Soundscapes form a conceptual pivot in the debate around spatial atmospheres in the areas of architecture, theatre and public spaces. Different listening experiences can be designed in which heterogeneous elements are united in common moods, narratives or effects. Our soundscape Street Ballads is to be understood as an exemplary project, presenting a topic in different contexts and attracting a varied audience.
|4 October 2022 / 17:00 - 19:00||Plovdiv||Permanent Exhibition of Encho Pironkov|
|5 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00||Burgas||Regional Library|
|6 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00||Veliko Tarnovo||TAM|
|8 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00||Gorna Bela Rechka||Chitalishte|
|9 October 2022 / 18:00 - 20:00||Sofia||Toplocentrala|
Regina Hui (voice / violin)
Nikol Otashliyska (voice)
Reto Senn (voice / clarinets)
Ivan Stanchev (voice)
Beat Vögele (voice / reed organ)
Biliana Voutchkova (voice / violin)
Manuela Casari, production coordination
Serge Honegger, concept & dramaturgy
Claudio Mascolo, communication, webdesign & visuals
Kalina Wagenstein (Art Office Foundation), coordination Bulgaria
Elena Atanassova, general support
Ines Pavlova, Bulgarian translation
Ekaterina Petrova, English translation of literary texts
Angela Rodel, English translation of Georgi Gospodinov's text
David Schlatter, poster design & animation
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