voice(less) – Rosie Middleton and Angharad Davies
Thursday 27 January 2022 | 8pm [7:30pm doors] – Open till midnight!
Tickets: £9 Advance / £11 otd https://buytickets.at/iklectik/614496
A woman sits alone in the room. She tries to speak. Her voice is gone.’ voice(less) is a series of new works for voice, electronics and movement exploring voice loss, voicelessness and communication. The series is conceived and performed by mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton, featuring works by Laura Bowler, Mira Calix and Esin Gunduz. Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton uses perhaps the single most profoundly disempowering experience to explore complex themes of empowerment and exploitation. At this performance Rosie is joined by violinist Angharad Davies, who will perform improvisation sets inspired by the works and themes. voice(less) uses voice, improvisation, electronics and movement to provoke and examine new perspectives on what it means to both speak and be heard.
Angharad Davies – improvisation set
Esin Gunduz – en-he-du-an-na-me-en – performed by Rosie Middleton
Angharad Davies improvisation set
Mira Calix – code poem: any chance of war? – performed by Rosie Middleton
Angharad Davies improvisation set
Laura Bowler – Cover Squirrel – performed by Rosie Middleton
Mezzo-soprano Rosie Middleton specialises in new music. In 2019 Rosie was artist-in-residence at Snape Maltings and The Banff Centre, where she collaborated with composers on voice(less). Highlights of 2020-21 include Laura Bowler’s Gold with Riot Ensemble, a Somerset House Residency with Catherine Kontz on 12 Hours, winning the Michiko Hirayama scholarship and Jamie Hamilton’s Versionland with Phaedra Ensemble. In 2022 Rosie will create microstories: a collaboration with CHROMA ensemble and composers Laura Bowler, Diana Soh and Shiori Usui. Rosie will perform in Laura Bowler’s The Blue Woman at the Royal Opera House in 2022.
Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist based in London working with free-improvisation, compositions and performance. Her approach to sound involves attentive listening and exploring beyond the sonic confines of her instrument, her classical training and performance expectation. Much of her work involves collaboration. She has long standing duos with Tisha Mukarji, Dominic Lash and Lina Lapelyte and plays with Common Objects, Cranc and Skogen. She has been involved in projects with Tarek Atui, Tony Conrad, Richard Dawson, Gwenno, Roberta Jean, Jack McNamara, Rie Nakajima, Tim Parkinson, Eliane Radigue, Georgia Ruth and J.G.Thirlwell. Most of her records are released on Another Timbre but she also has releases on Absinth Records, Confrontrecords, Emanem, Potlatch and winds measure recordings.Her first orchestral piece was commissioned by LCMF in 2019.
Sofia Bagge (movement director)
Sofia is a Swedish cross-disciplinary theatre maker and collaborative artist, often working across practices and interrogating form. She has a background in devised & physical theatre both as a performer and maker. Recent work includes directing and facilitating a Research and Development period for the play Decommissioned, assistant director on the audio drama Lillgoberg and a production of Peer Gynt, both for Östgötateatern in Sweden, assistant director for outdoor comedy D.O.C (Doctor On Call) by Safety Catch Theatre. Sofia trained at Rose Bruford College (MA in Collaborative Theatre Making), Regent’s University London (BA in Acting and Global Theatre) and at the New School for Drama in New York (Acting). Sofia is currently part of Mercury Directors at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester.