Ephemera is a new multi-arts festival based in Warsaw, presented by Kraków’s Unsound.
Although this inaugural edition has been limited in size due to the pandemic, it nevertheless indicates the bold concept – a festival where music, dance, theatre and visual arts reverberate with one another across the city, presented with Warsaw’s vital cultural activists, organisations and institutions.
12/09/2020, 17.00 and 19.00
Hildur Guðnadóttir presents Chernobyl (feat. Chris Watson & Sam Slater)
Icelander Hildur Guðnadóttir is no stranger to experimental music fans, but has now received wider recognition for her score to the hit TV series Chernobyl, for which she was awarded an Emmy and Grammy, as well as her Oscar and Golden Globe-winning score for Joker.
The live presentation of the music of Chernobyl is much more than “just” the brilliant score. The performance is a unique, layered experience, incorporating recordings from Chernobyl’s sister power plant Ignalina in Lithuania, as well as Hildur’s voice, to create an immersive multichannel work for industrial spaces.
To present the piece, Hildur is joined by Sam Slater and field recordist Chris Watson, artists who helped realise her vision for the TV score. The innovative lighting is by Theresa Baumgartner, and spatialisation by Francesco Donadello, helping craft the sound that comes from all around the room, sometimes so soft it doesn’t feel amplified, sometimes so loud it feels it could push you over.
Due to the pandemic, this is now only one of two Chernobyl live shows taking place internationally this year, with the harrowing music having taken on new layers of meaning. Taking place in a former printworks, the show will be presented according to very strict rules to ensure that it is as safe as possible in respect to COVID-19, rules that will also become a part of the experience itself, an experiment in how live music can be presented in 2020’s harsh reality.
Chernobyl Live is commissioned by Unsound, Dark Mofo, the Barbican London and Rewire.
Hildur Guðnadóttir is a composer and violinist known for her solo albums on Touch as well as various collaborations with artists such as Sunn O))), Pan Sonic and Throbbing Gristle. She is now one of the most sought after artists in the film music world, and will premiere her thrilling score for Chernobyl TV series live at Unsound 2019. The show combines acoustic instrumentation and field recordings from Chernobyl’s sister power plant Ignalina in Lithuania. Chris Watson and Sam Slater, British artists who helped her realise her vision on the record, will also join her live on stage.
ul. Mińska 65, Warsaw
The audience of this performance agree with a series of rules, which allow us to present this work safely, and are also integral to idea of the show itself:
- Keep your mask on at all times covering your mouth and nose
- Before entering, please wash or disinfect your hands
- Once you have entered the room, do not speak. Keep distance from others. Sit in silence
- Once you have taken your chair, do not get up again unless it is absolutely necessary
- Do not move the placement of your chair
- Leave the room in silence, keeping distance from others
- If you break any of the rules, you will be asked to leave
- The concert will take approximately 1 hour
Alex Baczyński-Jenkins: untitled (Holding Horizon)
Artist and choreographer Alex Baczyński-Jenkins will present the long-awaited Polish premiere of Untitled (holding horizon) at Nowy Teatr. Baczyński-Jenkins draws on the box step (a basic movement used in many social dances) and gestures from the club space, which are layered, to create a choreography that reflects on queer desire, disorientation and collectivity. Performers negotiate between the individual and the collective, pursuing desires, making alliances and taking pleasure in synchronization. Interdependence is also present in the relationship between the dancers and the music and light which are mixed live. The sound and movement are in constant negotiation and generate shifting associations, between ritual, rave, mourning and the eerie. In Untitled (Holding Horizon), the box step becomes a container for the relational force that resides in moving with others.
Alex Baczynski-Jenkins is a Polish choreographer and performer, as well as the co-founder of the Kem collective. The work he will show at Ephemera Festival is a story about desire, disorientation and community. Called Untitled (Holding Horizon), it was created for the 2018 Frieze Artist Award, and was also presented at the Venice Biennale in 2019.
Marszałkowska 8, Warsaw
MSN W WARSZAWIE, PAWILON NAD WISŁĄ
Antonina Nowacka: Martwa Natura
Warsaw artist Antonina Nowacka will present a concert version of her new composition Still life together with Michał Czachor and Grzegorz Artman. The piece is inspired by the works of Joseph Beuys, and was created for the theatre performance Still life by Agnieszka Jakimiak and Mateusz Atman, directed by Agnieszka Jakimiak and commissioned by Teatr Powszechny.
Antonina Nowacka is a Polish sound artist, best known for being part of the duo WIDT. She works mainly with the voice, treating it as an instrument and examining its relationship to spirituality and the outside world. Her composition Still Life, which she will perform with Michał Czachor and Grzegorz Artman, refers to the work of Joseph Beuys.
MSN nad Wisłą,
Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 22, Warsaw
Lyra Pramuk Live
Closing the weekend is an outdoor a concert of the Berlin-based U.S. artist Lyra Pramuk. She is a classically trained vocalist fusing pop sensibilities, performance practices and contemporary club culture in what may best be described as futurist folk music. Also a vocal activist and member of the queer community, she recently released the acclaimed album Fountain.
Lyra Pramuk is a vocalist, composer and producer working mainly with her own voice. She fuses classical vocalism, pop sensibilities, performance practices and contemporary club culture in what can best be described as futurist folk music. Alongside her solo work, Lyra has also collaborated with Holly Herndon and Colin Self.
Generała George’a Smitha Pattona, Warsaw
Andrzej Nowak. Concert
Andrzej Nowak will perform with a concert taking place on November 14-15 in TR Warszawa. More information on this mysterious project will be revealed soon.
Andrzej Nowak is a Polish composer of early computer music, who never found a proper place in the official contemporary music world.
Marszałkowska 8, Warsaw
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