Coming Saturday, October 17, HYOID Contemporary Voices & Myriam Van Imschoot will present the premiere of newpolyphonies at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke in Ghent. For info and tickets click here.
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.
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 engineerWannes 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 |