Conceived for Adelaide Festival by Sally Walker / after Stephanie Winker, Franziska Ritter and Christian Siegmund
Australia / Germany
1:1 CONCERTS details
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1:1 CONCERTS description
The indispensability of music has been made profoundly clear over the past year. When orchestras and opera companies, formally stable places of employment, were unable to perform, balcony concerts, online lessons and home recordings proved that what is essential adapts to survive.
Three Germans, flautist Stephanie Winker, scenographer Franziska Ritter and cultural mediator Christian Siegmund, inspired by performance artist Marina Abramović’s A Different Way of Hearing, hit on a simple and beautiful idea — the 1:1 CONCERTS— an entrancing mix of regulated distance and newfound intimacy between player and audience. They have handed this concept on to Australian flautist Sally Walker, who is curator of our event in Adelaide.
This benign musical mystery, in which a single musician and a single listener are assigned to each other in a musical rendezvous concert, comes with a sweet yet oddly firm set of playing instructions:
You will find the concert space already prepared for you by the host: two chairs facing each other, appropriately distanced. At the beginning of each concert, the listener will be accompanied by the host and directed to sit down chair opposite to you, the musician. The communication with your listener is exclusively non-verbal. Your listener comes into the room and sits down on the opposite chair and enters your active gaze. Please only look into the listener‘s eyes, not their clothes, shoes etc. Try to focus entirely on the listener‘s mind…The piece(s) of music you choose are an unconditional gift for the listener. Try to encounter the other person‘s gaze and personality with the utmost kindness. Thus it will be easier for them to let go and embrace the act of making eye contact.
The alternative concert venues are a surprise. In Germany, forests, goat stables and even newly abandoned airports have been amongst them. Whether you hear a flautist, singer, a cellist or someone else will also come as a surprise, as will the repertoire, which spontaneously arises from the silent preliminary encounter. You can engage in these ten minutes of your life as lightly or as intently as you wish, but so many have been overwhelmed by the depth of feeling it unleashed.
Whatever happens will, of necessity, be unique. Try it.