Are these waves

Faites connaissance avec un de nos groupes: Are these waves & Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor

Are These Waves illuminates the fantastical relationship between love and death in opera, particularly in relation to the fate of women. Voice is the impetus for a structure, which interweaves text, light and movement. A distilled narrative—fragmented by repetition and modification—unsettles the balance between perception and reality, highlighting the power of the suspension of disbelief as a tool for the creation of new realities.

Are These Waves will be performed by sopranos Anne-Kathryn Olsen and Carine Tinney of graindelavoix, and members of the Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor who have collaboratively contributed to their text and been instrumental in the development of the techniques and processes they use.


About the workshop: 

In this workshop, Jane Dickson worked with members of the Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor to generate material for a multilingual text through collages and discussions on the themes of the piece. The focus of the vocal exercises was on creating slowly evolving harmonic textures as a group, inflected with small shifts, fluctuations and subtle beat patterns (produced when singing over a pure tone). The sound initially appears fairly static and simple but small details and fragilities become magnified, and the process is challenging due to the breath control necessary to sustain the textures and the requirement of flexibility with pitch while maintaining a foundation tone. This approach creates a heightened relationship between breathing, listening and singing, and relies on an awareness of the group sound as well as an element of creativity from each performer in the moment.


Are These Waves is a coproduction of La Monnaie and Q-O2. Kindly supported by Creative Scotland and the Hinrichsen Foundation.

Composer: Jane Dickson

Sopranos: Anne-Kathryn Olsen and Carine Tinney

Choir: Members of the Brussels Brecht-Eislerkoor

Live electronics: Sebastian Lexer (Incalcando)