Pub — Reklamen (Advertisement)

A production of the Munich Biennale, in cooperation with Gare du Nord, Basel
doubleperformance with SEZ NER

composition: Georges Aperghis; vocal artist: Donatienne Michel-Dansac;

In our everyday lives we are surrounded by images and sounds, by advertisements that encourage us to fulfill our desire to be happy or enjoy more comfort, and that at the same time, however, awaken desires in us we weren’t even consciously aware of. A different product is advertised with every advertisement (toothpaste, vitamins, drinks, shampoo, etc.).

In these pieces the contents of the individual advertisements are meant to be transported through a special vocal processing, which creates a tension between the advertisement texts and the playback of the music.

Georges Aperghis composition

Born in 1945 in Athens, Aperghis grew up as the son of the sculptor Achille Aperghis and the painter Irène Aperghis. He is for the most part a self-taught painter and composer. In 1963 he moved to Paris. He has been influenced musically by composers such as Pierre Schaeffer; Pierre Henry; Iannis Xenakis; John Cage; and Mauricio Kagel. In 1971 »La Tragique histoire du nécromancien Hieronimoet et de son miroir« appeared, his first music theater work, and he became the highest profile representative of music theater in France. In 1976 he founded the theater group Atelier Théâtre et Musique (ATEM) in Bagnolet (which has been at Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre since 1991). The group performed more than twenty pieces there before disbanding, including »La bouteille à la mer« (1976); »Conversations« (1985); »Énumérations« (1988); »Jojo« (1990); »H« (1992); »Sextuor« (1993); and »Commentaires« (1996).

Cast & credits

composition: Georges Aperghis

vocal artist: Donatienne Michel-Dansac

A production of the Munich Biennale, in cooperation with Gare du Nord, Basel

language Pub - Reklamen: French
with german subtitels

language Sez - Ner: Rhaeto-Romanic with german subtitels

duration Pub Reklamen: 30 min

duration Sez Ner: 30 min

With the support of Pro Helvetia, swiss arts council

Pro Helvetia Gare du Nord

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