Silence moves (1997) (with Helmut Oehring)
for voice, violin, cello, e-bass, prep. piano/sampler, tapes,videoinstallation and live-electronic, 1997
(World Premiere: Dresden, 1997)
Duration: 60 min.
First prize at the international composition -and performers competetion BLAUE BRÃœCKE, Dresden 1997
voice-Anna Clementi, violin-Susanne Schulz, cello -Marika Gejrot,
e-bass -Maria Rothfuchs, prep. piano/sample-keyboard - Iris ter Schiphorst
choreographie - Christian Kesten
videoinstallation - Susu Grunenberg, Sharron Sawyer
Scenic fantasies/Perfect performance at the Days of Contemporary Music
As part of the biannual competition â€˜Blaue BrÃ¼ckeâ€™, the â€˜introrsâ€™ ensemble gave a performance on Saturday during the 11th Dresden Days of Contemporary Music at the Little Theatreâ€¦ The premiere featured a â€˜space performanceâ€™ for voice, instruments, sampler, video projections and live electronics. To me, the musical and dramatic events, being a kind of chamber opera, became a new type of Gesamtkunstwerk. The sequence of scenes expressing death, loneliness, torpor and the search for words and language was exciting as it was narrated, not in a logical, verbal way, but artistically encoded in images. Five parts were listed on the programme sheet. To me, it seemed more like eight, worked out like a chamber symphony, shining from different angles and eventually returning to the beginning of the moved silence whose first word is death. And it was the search for language, for expression in speech, that characterised the endingâ€¦ It was a perfect show, impressive â€¦â€
(Friedbert Streller, SÃ¤chsische Zeitung, 06 October 1997)
An author with a sampled/staged audio play: Iris ter Schiphorstâ€™s Silence moves at the Podewil.
â€¦ In Silence moves, Iris ter Schiphorst, has created a screen on which elements of audio play, film and theatre consistently interweave. In pure circle surround sound, the overture opens with changing soundscapes, noisy radio texts and the projection of an intentionally scratched film on a gauze canvas â€“ elements which recur in the interludes. A voiceover suggests a wide range of associations, which is, however, signified more precisely by a sense of invidual isolation and the will for expression through language in the following scenes.
All this happens in oppressive pictures, following a consistent, fast-paced dramaturgyâ€¦ The accompaniment for the brilliant vocalist Anna Clementi, provided by the â€˜introrsâ€™ ensemble with electric violin and bass and the composer at the piano and sampler, is modelled on rock and pop ostinatos. Thus every scene is given a characteristic, fairly coherent musical material. What makes Silence moves a really entertaining performance throughout the full hour of its duration, however, is the complexity of its multi-media references.â€
(Volker Straebel, Der Tagesspiegel, 12 October 1997)
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