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BINGO! A kind of voice ballet

BINGO! Is a coproduction with wonderful Cirka Teater, Trondheim and the composers Live Maria Roggen, Ståle Storløkken and Elin Rosseland. Text: Siri Gjære

Bingo is numbers, rows, quadrants, dots, groups, movements, silence, loneliness, companionship, excitements, coincidence, luck, apathy, belief in faith, hard work, happiness, envy and hope…

9 Moving, improvising vocalists
3 Exploring composers
1 Inspired writer
1 Physical Theatre Director
1 Playful Set Designer –

– All on one board!

This group of artists has played with musical, language and visual associations from the phenomenon BINGO. This has led to a unique visual performance with room for excitement and disappointment, apathy and energy. Loneliness, companionship, humor, seriousness. Longing and love….

The Art Council of Norway, Trondheim municipality and South Trøndelag County Office, supports this project. The Norwegian Society of Composers sponsors the music. BINGO was performed during Olavsfestdagene 2008 and Soddjazz 2009.

“BINGO is never boring! It develops musically and visually throughout the whole piece. Even if the expression is abstract, you never get the bad feeling of not understanding and feeling stupid (as I have to admit I often get when I see abstract performances that carries the label Performance og Modern Art Scene). It’s just like the script and the music has found the key that opens my free association. I feel I am allowed to make my own interpretation of BINGO! Maybe that’s because during the performance, there are many pieces that are recognizable action; everyday happenings, meetings, wonder and thoughts and I use it in MY story. It seems like the performers know what they want to say. They deliver convincingly through body language and voice. I felt that in “Bingo!” The phenomenon bingo is used as a metaphor for the game of life. How is it to be a human? How is it to be together with others, or alone? What are we searching for, what are we hoping to find – to win?”

(Director Kjersti Haugen, Adresseavisen, 2008)

TV&Stagetracker FX

Trondheim Voices @ NIME 2011

Trondheim Voices did an exciting pilot project at NIME 2011 in Oslo, using Stagetracker FX, a performer tracking and audio localization system developed for the theatre by the company TTA in Stjørdal, Norway. ( NIME : conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression:
The system utilises hardware and software to track the positions of performers on stage and “apply” these positions to their microphone signals, automatically and in real time. The result is an auditive experience of the voices of the actors actually “following” them as they move around the stage.
Another, even more interesting possibility with this system was that the trigging of effects and reverbs could be assigned to specific areas on stage. In this way each singer could gain control over the use of effects simply by moving physically- or becoming a “human fader” as one of the singers in the ensemble put it.
It is not possible by these documentation videos to represent the spatial aspects of the sound here, and it is also difficult to capture this performance visually, but the video clips will still give an idea about the performance. This is from Lindemanssalen at the Norwegain Acadamy of Music
Based on this project, w are making plans for further work with this system, of course this is dependent on financing. This pilot project was supported by arts council norway and ntnu.

To read more about the pilot project.
Sound, videodocumentation: Asle Karstad , System technician TTA: Jon Torger Skjelstad

More videos:

VocAll Impro

Trondheim Voices invites the audience to participate in an interactive session, where musicians from the ensemble improvises along with the entire audience! When the 9 improvising singers both leads, directs and are soloists together with the audience, this creates new possibilities for common musical experiences. The voice is not only used to sing, but also as soundsource in other ways.
There are several models for this project, depending on and local conditions and the organizer’s desire. To use local choirs and also to combine with workshops is a splendid idea !

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