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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, La fabbrica illuminata by Luigi Nono and Ode to Man (part 1 and 2) by Yannis Kyriakides. 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.
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performers Fanny Alofs (alto), Miguel Angél Gaspar (dance), Jennifer Claire van der Hart (colloratura soprano), Eléonore Lemaire (soprano), Jorge Morro (dance), Carl Refos (dance), Michaela Riener (soprano / mezzo soprano), Johanne Saunier (dance), Wouter Snoei (live electronics)
music Georges Aperghis Machinations (2000 – version Silbersee 2017), Luigi Nono La fabbrica illuminata (1964), Yannis Kyriakides Ode to Man, part I and II (2017)
musical direction Romain Bischoff | choreography Johanne Saunier | video Frederik Jassogne, Bart Moens (Hangaar)| lighting and stage design Floriaan Ganzevoort (De Theatermachine) | live-electronics & soundscape Wouter Snoei | costume design Dieuweke van Reij | artistic assistence / dance répétiteur Juliette van Ingen | dramaturgical advice Wout van Tongeren | technical and productional direction Jeroen Smith | production Jimmy-Pierre de Graaf | sound Maurits Thiel | construction Quirijn Smits
a production by Silbersee co-creation with Ruhrtriennale (DE), De Bijloke (Gent) and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) | supported by Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Ammodo | special thanks to Ircam (Parijs) for the development of the original electronics for Machinations
image © Ilkka Halso, Museum I, series Museum of Nature, 2003