Ruhrtriënnale: Homo Instrumentalis
Gebläsehalle, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Germany, 21-24 September 2017
From spear to smartphone: over the centuries, human beings have developed countless tools to master their world. But do we really rule our technology, or are we in its grasp?
Homo Instrumentalis brings together four compositions exploring our relationship with technology: “Machinations” by Georges Aperghis (2000 - version Silbersee 2017), “La fabbrica illuminata” by Luigi Nono (1964) and “Ode to Man (part 1 and 2)” by Yannis Kyriakides (2017).
We hear admiration for human ingenuity, fear of industrial machinery, as well as satisfaction with the conveniences of the digital world. On the basis of these compositions, Silbersee blends song, dance, electronics and video art. Homo Instrumentalis is a visual music performance about man and machine.
Silbersee is a production centre for unorthodox music theatre and experimental opera. Artistic director and founder Romain Bischoff creates meetings between a diversity of theatre makers, composers, writers, singers, dancers, actors, choreographers, puppeteers, circus performers and other artists, in genres ranging from classical to urban. This leads to interdisciplinary performances that each in their own way are physical, poetic and disarming.
Performers - Fanny Alofs, Miguel Angél Gaspar, Jennifer Claire van der Hart, Eléonore Lemaire, Jorge Morro, Carl Refos, Michaela Riener, Johanne Saunier
Live-Electronics & Soundscapes - Wouter Snoei
Composer Georges Aperghis, Luigi Nono, Yannis Kyriakides
Musical direction Romain Bischoff
Choreography Johanne Saunier
Video Frederik Jassogne, Bart Moens (Hangaar)
Lighting and Stage Design Floriaan Ganzevoort
Costume Design Dieuweke van Reij
Choreographic & artistic assistance Juliette van Ingen
Dramaturgical advice Wout van Tongeren
Supported by Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and Ammodo.
A production by Silbersee in cooperation with Ruhrtriennale, De Bijloke (Gent) and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam). With many thanks to Ircam (Paris) for the development of the original electronics for Machinations.