Post uit Hessdalen & Zwerm
3 > 20/07/2017 – Studio
“Everything bounces everywhere with almost no loss.”
It all begins with two lovers. She: an enchanting voice. He: a handsome fellow. And if he, Narcissus, had only looked a bit more at her, Echo, rather than just at himself, there would have been no 'but'. However, doomed is the love of a couple that yearns more for ones own personal reflection than for each others. Long story short, Echo was torn to pieces and scattered like seeds over the earth. Echo: as if the mountains could answer.
Book of Echoes is the first co-production of Post uit Hessdalen, a young theater/video art collective and the electric guitar quartet Zwerm. Together they search for the reflections, reverberations and memories that are hidden in the places where Echo's pieces landed. On stage they will bring the two lovers – Echo and Narcissus, sound and image – together again.
What does the myth sound like in the year 2017? Maybe Narcissus no longer looks into a pool of water but into the black mirror of his smartphone instead? And maybe echoes have virtual reverberations nowadays. Internet has tied our fate to Echo’s: every move we make is saved as a binary code somewhere in Bergen, South Carolina or in the Pacific. Memories are reduced to zeros and ones, ready to be multiplied. Stored on several locations just like our brain would do in case of brain damage, to avoid major memory loss. Our lives resonate online throughout social networks and browser histories and the past is available at all times in thousands of images.
Book of Echoes departs from that one memory in a lifetime that changed a state of 'not yet' into a state of 'always been'. This memory that like a drop of water touches the pound, producing ever growing circles and eventually moves the oceans. Book of Echoes is a performance in which live music, soundscapes and video-scenography immerse the audience in reflections and reverberations. It's a road trip commencing in tunnels and mountains and gradually shifting inwards, deep into the soul, using sounds, fragrances and memories. It is a story about every heartbeat of a lifetime in which the echo resounds, an appeal to the right to be forgotten.
Zwerm was founded in 2007 and consists of Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Johannes Westendorp, Bruno Nelissen en Toon Callier. The press about Zwerm: 'In an nonacademic way they made a fresh translation of the spirit of the experimental avant-garde' (Standaard 2013); 'Obvious contender for album of the year' (The Wire 2010); 'Rooted neither in the grounded rock world or the spirited classical genres, Zwerm explores and exploits reaches of their own: Jacks of all trades and no where to hang their hats - or at least nowhere to laze about and settle down in.' (Koen van Meel, Kwadratuur).
Post uit Hessdalen was founded in 2014 by circus artist and filmmaker Stijn Grupping and scenarist and theatermaker Ine van Baelen. They create audiovisual performances in collaboration with other artists, continually searching for new and hybrid ways of expression. 'A bunch of "inventors" walking the thin line between performance, theater and visual art' (Focus Knack); 'Post uit Hessdalen has the qualities to be this mysterious light that inspired their name' (Liv Laveyne in Circusmagazine).
Concept & development: Stijn Grupping, Ine Van Baelen, Lucas Van Haesbroeck and ZWERM – Live music ZWERM: Toon Callier, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Johannes Westendorp and Bruno Nelissen – Live video: Stijn Grupping – Sound design & sound engineer: Johan Vandermaelen – Play: tba – Management: Klein Verzet – Co-production: deSingel – Thanks to: wpZimmer, Walpurgis