1: SONGS

2009

"There isn’t any hope. You’re trapped. The whole sky has fallen on you, and all you can do about it is to shout. Don’t mistake me: I said “shout”: I did not say groan, whimper, complain. That, you cannot do. But you can shout aloud; you can get all those things said that you never thought you’d be able to say – or never even knew you had it in you to say. And you don’t say these things because it will do any good to say them: you know better than that. You say them for your own sake; you say them because you learn a lot from them."
(The chorus in: Jean Anouilh, Antigone)

The performance

1: Songs is a solo performance presented as a concert, a Liederkreis, an existential exercise for a singing body. The performer surrenders her voice to the intense words of tragic female figures from the history of theatre, figures such as Antigone, Medea and Gretchen. The suffering of the fictional heroines (and anti-heroines) repeatedly enters her very being as she sings, shouts and speaks – she is fragile, raw, calculating and emotional. But who is speaking here? And do the dramatic references from the past resonate in the here and now? The symbiosis of contemporary electronic music composed by Gary Shepherd and texts from the literary canon forms the basis for a subtle but loud scream against the instability and the incalculable incalculability of our existence.

As in her last works "Lost is my quiet forever" and "Les Sylphides" (2008), Nicole Beutler works with the tension between intense emotionality and cool calculation on the one hand and with the reflection on the history of theatre on the other hand. How do we look at emotions, what moves us and what doesn’t? And in how far does the past resonate through to the contemporary reality? These are issues that are at stake in Nicole Beutler’s work. Always in search for new forms, she now examines the working with existing texts. Music and text shall form the metaphorical basis for a subtle but loud scream against the instability and unpredictablility of existence.

In 2010 Nicole Beutler received the prestigious VSCD-Mimeprice for 1: SONGS. The piece was also selected by the jury of the flemish Theaterfestival as one of the best performances of the season 2009/2010 and was performed during the Dutch Theaterfestival in 2010. 1: SONGS won the Silver Award for Best Performance (Special Jury Award) in The International Festival of Liberal Theater 2012, Amman, Jordan.

Originally created in collaboration with theatermaker/performer Sanja Mitrovic, the piece is performed by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti since September 2011.

"Stimulating, seductive, serene, introspective meditative and suddenly very dangerous and rock & roll." VSCD Mimejury

Credits

Concept, direction, choeography
Nicole Beutler
Performer
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
Music composition & performance
Gary Shepherd
made in collaboration with:
Sanja Mitrovic
Text advice & artistic assistance
Magne van den Berg
Lighting design
Minna Tiikkainen
Video design
videomachas.com(Susanna Brenner/Helle Lyshoj)
Costume
Jessica Helbach
Dramaturgic advice
Igor Dobricic
Rehearsal assistance
Giulio d’Anna
Music advice
Aleksandar Grujic
Technique
Martin Kaffarnik, Valentijn Berkhout
Supported by
PACT Zollverein Essen & Frascati Amsterdam
Sponsor
XOVER Sound System K Array, Raul Mini
Coproduction
NBprojects & Beursschouwburg Brussel
Thanks to
Felix Ritter, Maurits Musch, Alan Razzak, Berthe Spoelstra
PR-Photography
Anja Beutler

premiere 27 October 2010
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2009
Oct27
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Premiere (NL)
Oct28
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct29
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct30
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct31
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov13
1: SONGS
Beursschouwburg Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
Nov14
1: SONGS
Beursschouwburg Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE)
Nov19
1: SONGS
LantarenVenster LantarenVenster, Rotterdam (NL)
Dec02
1: SONGS
Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film Corrosia Theater, Expo & Film, Almere (NL)
2010
Jan15
1: SONGS
Chasse Theater Chasse Theater, Breda (NL)
Jan19
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Jan20
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Jan21
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar06
1: SONGS
KC nOna KC nOna, Mechelen (BE)
Mar30
1: SONGS
Huis van Bourgondië Huis van Bourgondië, Maastricht (NL)
Apr24
1: SONGS
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Jul02
1: SONGS
Paradiso Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Jul03
1: SONGS
Paradiso Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug22
1: SONGS
Lowlands Lowlands, Biddinghuizen (NL)
Aug26
1: SONGS
De Singel De Singel, Antwerpen (BE)
Aug27
1: SONGS
De Singel De Singel, Antwerpen (BE)
Sep11
1: SONGS
Nederlands Theater Festival Nederlands Theater Festival, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct18
1: SONGS
I-dans Festival I-dans Festival, Istanbul (TR)
Oct19
1: SONGS
I-dans Festival I-dans Festival, Istanbul (TR)
Oct27
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Premiere (NL)
Oct28
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct28
1: SONGS
Mousonturm Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Oct29
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct29
1: SONGS
Mousonturm Mousonturm, Frankfurt (DE)
Oct30
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct31
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Dec08
1: SONGS
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
Dec09
1: SONGS
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
2011
Jan08
1: SONGS
Ainsi Ainsi, Maastricht (NL)
Jan11
1: SONGS
Brut Brut, Vienna (AT)
Jan12
1: SONGS
Brut Brut, Vienna (AT)
Jan29
1: SONGS
Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zürich (HS)
Feb26
1: SONGS
De Lieve Vrouw De Lieve Vrouw, Amersfoort (NL)
Mar05
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Mar11
1: SONGS
De Verbeelding De Verbeelding, Purmerend (NL)
Mar30
1: SONGS
EMPAC EMPAC, New York (VS)
Apr01
1: SONGS
EMPAC EMPAC, New York (VS)
Apr24
1: SONGS
Clashed Festival Clashed Festival, Groningen (NL)
Sep10
1: SONGS
Festival Kammermachen Festival Kammermachen, Chemnitz (DE)
Oct01
1: SONGS
Explore Dance Festival Explore Dance Festival, Boekarest (RO)
Nov26
1: SONGS
Fricties - Festival For Adventures People Fricties - Festival For Adventures People, Hasselt (BE)
Nov28
1: SONGS
Spielart Festival Spielart Festival, München (DE)
Nov29
1: SONGS
Spielart Festival Spielart Festival, München (DE)
2012
May06
1: SONGS
The International Festival of Liberal Theater The International Festival of Liberal Theater, Amman (JO)
Aug25
1: SONGS
Uitmarkt Uitmarkt, Amsterdam (NL)
Oct06
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
Dec09
1: SONGS
Cricoteka Cricoteka, Krakow (PL)
2013
Jun27
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Rotterdam (NL)
Jun28
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Rotterdam (NL)
Jun29
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Rotterdam (NL)
Jun30
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Rotterdam (NL)
Jul24
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul25
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul26
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Jul27
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Utrecht (NL)
Aug19
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug20
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug21
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Aug22
1: SONGS
De Parade De Parade, Amsterdam (NL)
Nov28
1: SONGS
The Basement The Basement, Brighton (UK)
Dec06
1: SONGS
Tsekh Tsekh, Moscow (RU)
Dec07
1: SONGS
Tsekh Tsekh, Moscow (RU)
2014
Mar07
1: SONGS
Juncture 2014 Juncture 2014, Leeds (UK) Festival
May22
1: SONGS
Karavaan Karavaan, Hoorn (NL)
May23
1: SONGS
Karavaan Karavaan, Hoorn (NL)
May24
1: SONGS
Karavaan Karavaan, Hoorn (NL)
May25
1: SONGS
Karavaan Karavaan, Hoorn (NL)
Sep13
1: SONGS
Theater Ins Blau Theater Ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Oct25
1: SONGS
Theater ins Blau Theater ins Blau, Leiden (NL)
Nov07
1: SONGS
Grand Theatre Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)
Dec12
1: SONGS
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
NBcollection
Dec13
1: SONGS
Theater Kikker Theater Kikker, Utrecht (NL)
NBcollection
Dec18
1: SONGS
Korzo Korzo, Den Haag (NL)
NBcollection
2015
Mar14
1: SONGS
Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham (UK)
Apr23
1: SONGS
Frascati Frascati, Amsterdam (NL)
NBcollection
2017
May18
1: SONGS
Operadagen Rotterdam Operadagen Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
2018
Nov28
1: SONGS
Veem House for Performance Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
tickets
Nov29
1: SONGS
Veem House for Performance Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
tickets

reviews

Nicole Beutler reworked masterfully the ancient eros-thanatos theme to its own contemporary language. She blurs thus the original setting of the past and these women become approachable beings from now.
(Flor Declercq, urbanmag.be, 28/8/2010)

There is a human message woven into the texts which they put on music: man and woman, of any origin, religion, we should be equal and should treat each other that way.
(Bert Hertogs, Concertnews.be, 26/8/2010)

It seemed less that the song was a representation of the character, and more as if she was mediating through Ibelisse. She had me from the first line.
(Marion Smith, Juncture.com, March 2014)

Mitrovic is the fictional women of then, but also a woman in the real life of now. [...] but you forget more and more the other women and you only see her in her steadily rising crisis. ****
(Mirjam van der Linden, Volkskrant, 4/11/2009)