Blink of an Ear #6 HYOID & Benjamin Vandewalle

The singers of HYOID are currently in residency at Werkplaats Walter in Brussels as part of our Blink of an Ear artist residency. They are in the early stages of developing a new project with choreographer Benjamin Vandewalle and finish composer Maija Hynninen.  Centered around the text “Espèces d’espaces” by the French writer Georges Perec, the idea is to work towards an immersive music-theatrical work under the title Journal d’un usager de l’espace. 

About this project:

Journal d’un usager de l’espace was born out of Benjamin Vandewalle’s and HYOID voices’ shared desire to create an immersive 3-dimensional sound experience, one that for a moment can challenge the audience’s perception of space, sound and vision. Together with composer Maija Hynninen and electronic sound masters of Centre Henri Pousseur, they bring forth a performance that constantly shifts the spectator’s perception between direct and diffused, between intimate and distant, acoustic and amplified.

The music, for two singers and electronics, is set to excerpts from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces, a text exposing everyday places in an unassuming, simple manner, while remaining both intimate and spiritual. Perec’s exploration of estrangement links to the sparse, yet intricate instrumentation, and provides a fitting canvas for a choreography in which the audience forms the scenography, through which both sound and performers travel.

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