The Wave

The Wave. Ink on paper. Unique. Dimensions variable. 2016
The Wave. Performace: poetry, voice, sound, singing bowls.

During the two nights, November 10 and 11, 2017, I performed a sound poem ‘The Wave’ at L'Abri in Geneva. The poetry has been inspired by the history of the space itself. Having been built as a WWI bunker, with its thick concrete walls designed to temporarily host and preserve life, it leaves an impression of the atmosphere of darkness, separation from the world, but at the same time of a womb-like safety.

The poem works with the emergence of language through sound, dwelling on sonic qualities of the words, the juxtaposition between the vowels and consonants, and their interplay. The Wave starts as a legible flow of narrative, turning into an invocation and exploding in a free-flowing stream of vocalised sounds.

Entering L’Abri space I feel I am entering a Egyptian tomb, in which life can be preserved and transformed … through sound. Certain themes within the poem could not be avoided, they came through me, as the space intended: war and peace as mental conditions, human and planetary time, language and its history. I have realised once again that it is impossible to be detached from what the space dictates, the only way is to work with it and to sing it. Drawing The Wave serves a graphic score to the performance and a visual interpretation of the idea of continuous sound waves in space. The visual and sound installation was created by Analema Group.

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