By Xin Wang
Performed by Xin Wang and Marie Josée Chartier
A WeeFestival Seed Project For children 3 – 18 months and their parents
Give me a few words for a woman
to sing a truth allowing us
to build a house without worrying before night comes — Sequenza III Berio
In this dynamic new interpretation of Luciano Berio’s 1965 work, Xin Wang and Marie Josée Chartier reframes and re-contextualizes the composer’s work as a body sound duet. Baby Berio draws the youngest and their caregivers into a dance of sound and movement while engaging them in an intimate and playful exchange. A stimulating and inarticulately profound experience for babies & toddlers 3 months – 18 months offered by two acclaimed artists.
The voice carries always an excess of connotations, whatever it is doing. From the grossest of noises to the most delicate of singing, the voice always means something, always refers beyond itself and creates a huge range of associations. In Sequenza III I tried to assimilate many aspects of everyday vocal life, including trivial ones, without losing intermediate levels or indeed normal singing.
In Sequenza III the emphasis is given to the sound symbolism of vocal and sometimes visual gestures, with their accompanying “shadows of meaning”, and the associations and conflicts suggested by them. For this reason Sequenza III can also be considered as a dramatic essay whose story, so to speak, is the relationship between the soloist and her own voice.
– Luciano Berio, Composer
As a performer who has performed this piece multiple times, I find the exploration of the relationship between the voice and the woman is one that is challenging within one performer to make clear for the audience and the performer herself. So, to gain further understanding of this piece and to identify the other for the sake of seeing clearly a relationship intended by the composer, I have decided to make a duet, introducing a tangible instead of an abstract partner to enable the discovery of the spirit of this piece, a relationship.
This piece of music is considered monumental for its detailed and inventive scoring and its brave and honest demand of the human voice, but it has never truly been developed as a story of an unraveling relationship. I believe our plan to realize it’s forgotten dramatic arch will bring to this work new depth for its contemporary music admirers. I also believe our realization of the Sequenza III will be ground breaking for children’s theatre as it entrusts our modern complexity to the utmost open minds.
– Xin Wang, Creator/Performer
Xin is most interested in the mechanism of the singing body and most stimulated by the learning of intricate music. This has led her to the world of contemporary repertoire.Solving complex musical puzzles has always given Xin solace amidst life. It pushes her towards her threshold while builds her up from within, a similar experience as motherhood.
About Marie-Josée Chartier
A multi-faceted artist, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multi-media in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist or teacher. Her choreographic repertoire is greatly influenced by contemporary visual art, music and literature in terms of concept, composition and dynamic structure. From there, personal themes weave themselves to create works that try to decipher, expose or deconstruct the vulnerability of human beings.
In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded Chartier Danse in order to support her creative activities in partnerships on a large scale. She believes in bringing contemporary artists of diverse disciplines from the beginning of the creation to allow the development of layered, meticulous and integrated work and foster a level of communication that is central in accomplishing a strong artistic vision.
With gratitude to The Canada Opera Company for their support of the WeeFestival test presentations at the Four Seasons Centre.
Femmes du Feu, Toronto, ON
Theatre Direct, Toronto, ON
May 18th – May 20th, 2018
Direction and Dramaturgy by Lynda Hill
Choreography by Michelle Silagy
Original Music Composed and Performed by Cathy Nosaty
Set Design by Jung Hye Kim
Costume Design by Jennifer Dallas
Lighting Design by Jennifer Lennon
Featuring dance artists Jessica Runge and Tylee Jones
with Emma Zabloski