Please note: this show has been cancelled to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
newpolyphonies is a celebration of little differences with big impacts. Myriam Van Imschoot was inspired by insects, climate marches and the recent protests against budget cuts in the arts and civil society. Her leitmotif is not the chants of the crowd, but the experience that every individual – as a component of an engine – can set a vortex of sounds in motion.
Polyphony is the art of interweaving individual voices into a powerful harmonious whole. With origins in the Middle Ages, it was probably the most impactful intervention in the history of Western-European music. In newpolyphonies, polyphony is both the trigger and the question. What might this musical heritage mean today? A group of Brussels-based singers takes to the stage with the vocal ensemble HYOID. United, they move through mass singing, often on the edge of audibility.
• Myriam Van Imschoot makes performances and creates sound poetry, vocal pieces, video and sound installations. She has presented various projects at Kaaitheater, such as What Nature Says and IN KOOR!. The vocal ensemble HYOID is not afraid to question traditional concert formats.
concept and direction Myriam Van Imschoot | co-creation and performance HYOID | voices Fabienne Seveillac, Andreas Halling, Els Mondelaers, Gunther Vandeven | performance 15 local performers | sound design and electronic concept Fabrice Moinet | sound engineer Wannes Gonnissen | electronics assistant Matthieu Virot | light design Lucas Van Haesbroeck | advice lay-out and costume design Nadine Van Imschoot, Filip Eyckmans | producer Hiros | delegated producer La Muse en Circuit | co-production Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Kunstenwerkplaats, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk) | in collaboration with Walpurgis | supported by the Flemish Government, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie | internship Sophia Bauer | thanks to Emmanuel Desmyter, Jean-Manuel Candenot, all participants who joined us during the rehearsals, Marcus Bergner, Björn Schmelzer's seminars, Ismail Fayed and the lab of radical polyphony with the support of Sarma, Myriam Pruvot, the performers of What Nature Says, Bahae Eddin Rouas