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Venue: Mercat de les Flors
Carrer de Lleida, 59, 08004
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Carte blanche for MYRIAM VAN IMSCHOOT

Myriam van Imschoot presents a short piece as part of her research into polyphony.

Polyphony is the style that simultaneously combines a series of voices, each of which forms a melody, singing in harmony. In this programme we propose polyphony as a window through which to contemplate the plural and defined yet interwoven forces acting on the work of the voice. The programme is part of a research project led by Myriam van Imschoot within the framework of the project “Sharing Research, Producing Knowledge”. Following her work with monochromes, monodies and solos, she is now exploring the vocal techniques, traditions and practices linked to the polyphonic rationale.

Myriam van Imschoot (1969) is an artist who lives in Brussels. She gives performances, creates sound poetry and vocal pieces, and presents audio and video installations. In her first pieces she worked with sound files, which led to her interest in oral transmission, vocal practices and memory. In her Tyrolean yodelling pieces, Hi Hu (2013) and Kucku (2014), and in YOUYOUYOU (2014), a piece for eight actors based on the zaghareed, an Arab ululation, Van Imschoot reframes vocal practices and folklore with unexpected glitch. She is currently preparing What Nature Says, a musical for six performers who imitate their “natural environment” using only the voice and body.

Van Imschoot occupies an idiosyncratic position on the arts scene at large. Research is crucial to her work, which results in clusters and cycles of pieces. During the 2014-2015 season she will carry out a research project on polyphonic performance with the support of the European project “Sharing Research, Producing Knowledge”. Her work has been presented in sound art galleries, museums, theatres and public spaces. These include the following venues: Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Binaural Sound Art, Sculpture International Rotterdam, Muu Galeria, Museo Reina Sofía, Kaaitheater, Campo, Kunstencentrum Buda, Vooruit, Operadagen and Frascati.

 IDOIA ZABALETA, Reading and Dancing workshop


In this workshop I intend to share an exercise with the participants that reviews the “ways of dancing” that I have practiced so far. I’m the kind of choreographer who always wants to keep on dancing. I’m also the kind of choreographer who, as they want to keep on dancing, is always wondering how to keep on dancing. In my research into the question I have managed to dissect aspects such as pleasure, exhibition, skill, feat; others, such as writing, history and memory; and others such as the group, choir and choreography. Reading while dancing and/or dancing while reading is one of the exercises that has recently helped me to tackle some of the difficulties I’m faced by when it comes to carrying on dancing. This reversibility or bi-directionality in the verbs, reading-dancing/dancing-reading, has solved some difficulties and at the same time enabled me to practice some of the above mentioned aspects. Therefore, the exercise proposed for this workshop includes: skill (reading while dancing), pleasure (dancing while reading), achievement (a text, a novel, complete from beginning to end), writing (text in movement), history (the reading of a body), memory (one body reading), choreography (writing), choir (a group doing the exercise), a group (something impossible, an attempt in unison).

Reading and Dancing

The results of this workshop will be submitted as a proposal in the context of the 5th Irregular Section during two evenings in a programme shared with Itziar Okariz and Myriam van Imschoot. If you wish to participate, please send an email to explaining your motivations.

Idea Idoia Zabaleta
Performers 9 dancers/ readers participating in the workshop “Reading and Dancing”

 Idoia Zabaleta. Choreographer. She holds a degree in biology and is a specialist in ecosystems and population dynamics. She studied improvisation and new dance in Barcelona, Florence, Amsterdam and New York. She worked with the Mal Pelo company from 1995 to 1999. Since 2000 she has co-produced and choreographed her own work, collaborating with other artists and researchers such as Isabel de Naverán, Filipa Francisco, Antonio Tagliarini, Ixiar Rozas and Jaime Conde Salazar among others. Her work has been presented at international festivals and meetings. She teaches on various postgraduate and masters courses. Since 2008, together with Juan González, she has promoted and directed AZALA, a space for artistic creation and residencies located in the same village where she lives.

ITZIAR OKARIZ presents Irrintzi Repetition

Secció Irregular 2014-15 abril

This piece consists of shouting irrintzis using an audio device to play back the sound to the performer through a loudspeaker with a variable delay. The artist builds up a dialogue with the echoes of the irrintzi emitted by the loudspeaker, with the sounds alternating and sometimes overlapping.

The irrintzi is a traditional Basque shout often used on special occasions such as parties to express joy. Its origins are believed to lie in a system of communication employed over large distances in the valleys of the Basque Country. In this respect, the shout becomes a basic syntax within the limits of language.

Itziar Okariz is an artist whose work has often been characterized by the production of actions that challenge language norms and the production of signs that define us as subjects. Her recent individual projects include Caja Negra/Cubo Blanco: CA2M, Madrid, and Keramik Werkstatt Schaedle, Nendeln, Liechtenstein (2014); II. Irregular Section: Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona (2013); Un número de acciones determinadas: MUSAC, León (2013); Uno, uno, dos, uno: Galería Carreras Múgica, Bilbao (2012); Irrintzi, repetición: La Casa Galería, Mexico DF, (2011); Contrarywise: performance in the Picasso Museum, Barcelona, (2010); Ghost Box: Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008); Curating the Campus: To Pee in Public and Private Spaces: The Singel, Antwerp (2007); Talent: Vita Kuben, Umea, Sweden (2007), and Climbing Buildings: If I Can’t Dance festival, Utrecht (2007).