Hearsay is the title of a project that encompasses different research materials and phases developed over the course of 2020 and 2021. The research focuses on the spaces in-between breath, sound and singing, and on the concept of respiratory empathy. It aims to develop a movement practice that visually exposes the physical work involved in breath control and in producing and sustaining sound. We are interested in researching the ambiguous place of the voice and focus on the issues of gender involved in the production and interpretation of sound: especially in the exploration of the female vocal range, its possibility of achieving high pitches and the qualities between singing, screaming and wailing. These are some of the research materials — in process and in progress.
Research partner Alice Heyward
Research collaborators Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Sudeep Kumar Puthiyaparambath, Julius Gabriel
Vocal training Marie Richter, Shruti Bode
Camera/editing Andrea Keiz
Sound Recording Julius Gabriel
Project “Plague Songs” funded by Kunstiftung NRW
Project “You are just a voice and nothing more” supported by PACT Zollverein in the frame of a #TakeCareResidenz. Funded by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. as part of Neustart Kultur: #TakeThat program supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen