La Guillotine (Paris)

The Art of Invisibility

The work sessions introduce three-part polyphony, basing on the various musical scales of Georgian music, both folk and religious, and making use of basic musical formulas. Through a selected set of exercises developed over ten years of both teaching and learning experience of the leaders, it will aim at developing what can be called a sense of polyphony. Working on a steady breathing rhythm, voice emission and textures, as well as on close listening during singing – not only to each of the three parts being sung simultaneously but to the whole vertical aspect of the music performed at the given moment, results in obtaining such a quality of sound where each of the individual voices disappears in the whole of a given harmony and can be no longer made out. Polyphonic music taken in this approach is a tool for enhancing the focus and improving the quality of presence of a performer.

The work session intends to focus on harmony rather than melody, treating harmony as a means of objective expression. Music will be treated as a platform for building a particular understanding between the participants and for their unique common experience.

Aleksandra Kotecka

has been a member of Teatr ZAR since 2004. Involved in the creation of the performances Gospels of Childhood, Caesarean Section, Anhelli: The Calling, and Armine, Sister. She earned an MA in Russian philology from the University of Wrocław, graduated in film and television production studies (Warsaw) and from a post-graduate school for audio-visual producers. She has authored or co-authored music for films and several theatre productions in Poland and the US. Aleksandra has created the music studio Foxterrier Production.

Tomasz Wierzbowski

has been a member of Teatr ZAR since 2005. He is an actor and musician in the performances Gospels of Childhood, Caesarean Section, Anhelli: The Calling and Armine, Sister. He holds an MA in English from the University of Wrocław. He has translated into Polish Nikos Kazantzakis’ Report to Greco and a publishing series of works dedicated to music entitled 3/2. He has authored or co-authored music for short films and theatre productions in Europe and the US. Together with Aleksandra Kotecka, he works in the Foxterrier Production music studio.

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