PREMIERE! COMMUNITY: AN APP FOR ONE PERSON | POLITICAL VOICE INSTUTUTE|Maxim Gorki Theatre
The death of the chorus is the death of a community. App download
»In true tragedy, it’s a chorus who dies, not a main character. And this is really tragic.
The death of the chorus is the death of a community. App download.«
How can we rebuild the world of relationships outside of relationships? How can we retie our bonds outside of bonds? How can we find a shared breath without being allowed to breathe the same air? Today, common singing is nearly impossible, as it is considered as one of the most dangerous forms of being together. The pandemic has hit the very heart of the chorus, existing concepts have started to falter.
The answer is ONE PERSON CHORUS: DIGITAL, RITUAL,DEFUSED.
Performers of the POLITICAL VOICE INSTITUTE did the performance COMMUNITY: AN APP FOR ONE PERSON at the GORKI KIOSK, giving an insight into working processes of the POLITICAL VOICE INSTITUTE and investigating the (im)possibility of the chorus/community in times of social distancing.
The Premiere of COMMUNITY: AN APP FOR ONE PERSON takes place at GORKI KIOSK during the GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN 2020. Simultaneously, Marta Górnicka’s previous works can be seen in a solo exhibition at Galerie Ebensperger.
Performers: Sandra Bourdonnec, Saskia Kollbach, Sibylle Kranwetvogel, Hila Meckier, Gian Mellone, David JongSung Myung, Therese Nübling, Filip Piotr Rutkowski. The performance will take place in English and German.
Performances: 10.09-14.09.2020, 16-17.10.2020, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00
GORKI KIOSK, Berlin
Marta Górnicka, about COMMUNITY: AN APP FOR ONE PERSON, excerpt from the interview “Multitude”:
“The answer to the death of the COMMUNITY/ CHORUS is the ONE PERSON CHORUS. DIGITAL/RITUAL. DEFUSED. The CHORUS stops speaking in the literal sense. But it starts lip-syncing, uses technology which imitates voice, plays with the (non-)living voice, with distanced bodies and language, but it also multiplies its individual voice, turns the voice up to full volume! It is a CHORUS which functions somewhere between speaking and not speaking (like lip-syncing), but it is not silent. From one person, it grows into a multitude, it works with shreds, trash, key words, fragments of mythological songs and voices from computer games. It works with the scream, which comes from the very heart of the ritual, and with the digital laughter, which is its most powerful tool. This CHORUS plunges into death, but it still speaks in favour of life.
In Die Welt, German virologists warn us that choir rehearsals and weddings are the most dangerous forms of being together, of meeting. Scientists generally caution against all forms of GATHERING. Therefore, instead of the CHORUS, we now have a ONE PERSON CHORUS. Instead of SOCIETY: CHORUS – AN APP FOR ONE PERSON.
As an answer to the pandemic, but also to the diagnosis from before the pandemic, the CHORUS multiplies its voice and, speaking like a cartoon character, it lip-syncs: THE CHORUS NEVER DIES! – but it is already speaking as a one-man/one-woman chorus. This is because we are stuck in a profoundly paradoxical situation. How can we rebuild the world of relationships outside relationships? How can we re-tie our bonds outside of bonds? How can we find a shared breath without air? So, when you are asking me whether the CHORUS still exists, I say: no. THERE IS NO MORE CHORUS. There is CHORUS – AN APP FOR ONE PERSON”.