Pneuma is at the same time, a concert and an installation where a collective act of (deep) breathing and listening is allowed to occur. This project originated from a proposition by French artist Philippe Quesne, who turned an inflatable membrane filled with air into a performance space. Ictus, a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble renowned for the audacity of its repertoire and its eagerness to experiment with special formats, designed a programme inspired by human breathing for this setting. The audience is free to roam around or lie down while experiencing the musical pieces. In the choral work, which opens the evening, the performers let their breath resonate and create a field of respiratory soundscapes. Sonic, vibrational and tactile all at once, this piece kicks off an unique programme of hauntingly beautiful music.
This project is part of a programme the Wiener Konzerthaus is dedicating to the Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina on 15 and 16 June, with 2 concerts on each day.
Please find programme details at www.konzerthaus.at/gubaidulina
- Artistic Team
By and with Ictus (Cello François Deppe, Accordion Luca Piovesan, Viola Da Gamba Eva Reiter, Viola Jeroen Robbrecht, Flute Michael Schmid, Violin George van Dam)
Artistic leader of the Breathcore Michael Schmid Sound Alexandre Fostier Light scenography Sylvie Mélis Assistant to light scenography Nicolas Marc
Production Wiener Festwochen, Ictus In Cooperation with Wiener Konzerthaus
Premiere Pneuma, June 2019, Wiener Festwochen
Ictus is a Brussels-based contemporary music ensemble. The ensemble's home since 1994 has been the Rosas dance company's premises. Headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker the dance troupe has put on fourteen productions in collaboration with Ictus (from Amor Constante to Drumming, Rain and more recently Vortex Temporum). Ictus has also collaborated with other choreographers including Wim Vandekeybus, Maud Le Pladec, Eleanor Bauer and Fumiyo Ikeda. Ictus is a permanent group of around 20 co-opted musicians including the conductor Georges-Elie Octors. A sound engineer is a regular presence in their midst, a sign of the massive movement ensembles are seen to be making towards the status of a mixed "electric orchestra". Amongst about twenty CDs released by Ictus, the two albums devoted to Fausto Romitelli have been particularly influential due to the audacity of their mixes. Ictus is now launching a new collection under the label Sub Rosa, Contra Naturam. Ictus joins forces with Bozar and the Kaaitheater every year to develop a season with which to regale audiences in Brussels, an opportunity to experiment with new programmes to be offered to a non-specialist audience with broad cultural interests, people with an enthusiasm for theatre dance and music. The issue of formats and listening systems has now been put in the mix: mini or maxi concerts, mystery programmes (the Blind Dates in Ghent), concerts with comments, concerts-cum-festivals where the audience is at liberty to roam around the stages (the landmark Liquid Room events showcased all over Europe). Since 2004, the ensemble is also resident at the Lille Opera. In addition to fundamental work with the Opera (themed concerts and educational activities), every year Ictus puts on a stage production, for example Georges Aperghis’ Avis de Tempête 2004, Michaël Levinas’ 2011 production of La Métamorphose and Wolfgang Mitterer’s 2016 production of Marta. Additionally, Ictus is running an Advanced Master dedicated to the interpretation of contemporary music in collaboration with the Ghent School of Arts.