Safe Piece

June 22nd, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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1/ ‘Safe Piece’ By Valentina Campora with Andy Moor and Isabelle Vigier with special appearance of Elio Campora Moor. Work in progress (2013/2017) video 20′ presented at Coming Together#3, Frascati Theater Amsterdam, 19-01- 2017 and Why Not Festival, Amsterdam, 11-07-2017

 

2/Safe Piece, a film.

A film by Isabelle Vigier and Valentina Campora (2019)

Based on the performance ‘Safe Piece’ with Valentina Campora, Andy Moor and the participation of Elio and Milo Campora Moor. Music: Andy Moor

Synopsis: Since her child was seven months old, choreographer Valentina Campora initiated a series of performances where she, the father of the child, and the baby are performing together in front of a small public. Eight sessions have been documented on video over the last four years. With this footage Campora and video artist Isabelle Vigier have created a film that exposes the process of evolving a dance piece based on the question of how to combine parenting and making dance. The family develops a non verbal language that allows them be all at once within a multitude of polarized dimensions: private and public, playing and performing, caring and taking risks, improvising and creating choreography.

Made with support by AFK Amsterdam Funds for the Arts | Theater De Roode Biooscop | cultural center OT301, Amsterdam

Screenings:

  • Teatro Akropolis, Genoa 10-2018
  • Music Dance Festival, OT 301, Amsterdam 06-2019
  • more to come

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Connecting Tunes

January 6th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Connecting Tunes was born from a desire I shared with my friend musician Felicity Provan to take action at a time where the refugee crisis was growing overwhelmingly. We wanted to involve music makers and artists in a dialogue between our community and the people living in Amsterdam as refugees or asylum seekers. Our idea was to use the power of music making as a bridge for mutual appreciation, while delivering an artful concert series.
We were looking for meaningful ways to express solidarity and love to those people who’ve had to leave everything behind to seek security and a future. Through Connecting Tunes we hoped, somehow, to help.
As artists involved in the world of independent music the most meaningful thing we can offer is the music we love and create. We have seen in the asylum seekers center that music playing and sharing is present and meaningful. Therefore the idea of Connecting Tunes,  a monthly concert for, and with refugees in Amsterdam.
We created a program with musicians from our network; jazz, improvisation, songs, electronics or experimental, small settings of 1 to 4 musicians, mostly acoustic. Musicians from the refugee’s community of the Flierbosdreef in Amsterdam Bijlmer were given the space too, and we found ways to start a dialogue in music. We played together.
Now we view the mutual contact that happened through music in the concert series as our first achievement. The series stopped with the closing of the center where the refugees were based.

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“A mexican singer sings love songs from Vera Cruz, a young singer from Iran responds with love songs of his own hand, there’s a world between those songs, but it was blending in that time and place. We were happy to be there in such fantastic company and felt like ‘YES’ this is what we want. Volunteers, you’re lovable, refugees, you’re us, musicians you’re magic. Thank you Geerte, Nora, Fuensanta and Mahan!.”

“There was light pouring into the space all afternoon. Connecting Tunes 3 was vibrant and happy, with a colorful group of people from lands as far away as Yemen, Mexico, Syria, Iran, Irak, Eritrea, and also friends from Berlin (thanks Cooking for peace Berlin/Ciska Jansen) Amsterdam, the Bijlmer…
Again moved and truly thankful for the generosity of our guests: artists, volunteers, neighbors, refugees, and the church community of Buuren in de Nieuwe Stad.”

PARTNERS/HOST

We found a partner in the eocumenical community of the Nieuwe Stad, in the Bijlmer. The various churches under the Nieuwe Stad roof are working together under the name ‘Buurten in de Nieuwe Stad’. They are eager to act positively for the neighborhood, church users of different faiths, residents and refugees included. They offered their beautiful space, an architect building from the 80’s, as well as many volunteers, and hosted the Connecting Tunes concert series. We are grateful for their support and generosity.
We organized 5 concerts from March to July 2016, free for all asylum seekers and neighbors, including Syrian and Iranian food for the community. Cooking for Peace from Berlin joined us on one event. Supermarket chain AH had the grace to sponsor 2 of the meals in natura.
The Flierbosdreef, in the Bijlmer area of Amsterdam, was a temporary facility for asylum seekers in the earliest stages of their process; those men and women had just arrived and were trying to find their marks, and stabilize. They were mostly under great stress. They formed a fluctuating community could be dispatched to new locations at very short notice. The location closed in August 2016, that is when the project stopped as well.

Connecting Tunes founders:
Isabelle Vigier: music label owner. designer. artist / Felicity Provan: independent music professional

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Utter

November 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

An interactive performance and installation
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Utter tells a story about the complexities of the mother/child relationship from the perspective of language acquisition in a performance with sound and images. The piece is based on a text and composition by Anne La Berge. She invited me to develop the visual part of the piece, and we involved Marcel Wierckx who in turn helped with the interactive set up that we had envisioned for the piece. The three of us worked artistically on developing Utter, aiming at a format that could be performed live by Anne as well as being an interactive installation. The set includes 6 iPads that run a newly developed app that interacts with a laptop that steers both audio and visual material. Unsounds has published Utter within a collection of digital stories. Utter has been performed in the US, Mexico, New Zealand, and Europe, and will continue to be performed live in the future.
The making of Utter and performance tours can be seen on Anne’s website: here.
Making of 

Anne La Berge – working out our interactive tool – Splendor Amsterdam

At Marcel Wierckx studio, working on software

This project is partially funded by the Creative Industries Funds NL and the Performing Arts Fund NL and supported by Volsap Foundation, Unsounds and Splendor Amsterdam. The video trailer is by Sergio Gridelli, 2016. Mark Marijnissen helped develop the unique software.

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Delirium Still

June 3rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Publicity and video teaser for David Dramm’s ‘Delirium Still’ for accordion quartet.

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If that diamond ring turns brass

September 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

 

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 A work based on the deconstruction of the lyrics in lullabies of various heritages. Recontextualizing words and images, I composed an abstract berceuse, around the mysteries, the fears and the peace that come with the act of falling asleep.This project is companion to the program called ‘Close your eyes and I’ll close mine’ that toured around Australia in 2012, with Anna McMichael, violin, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano, Isabelle Vigier, video. It is published on Unsounds, 2014.

 

KAO make & play

February 12th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

 

Kroost! festival. Almere, NL

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Doek improvisation festival. Amsterdam, NL

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VIDEO  intervention during DOEK Festival, may 2014 Kao kids make an unexpected action during a concert session: they pop-up on stage and improvisers Eric Boeren and Benjamin Herman join in.

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KAO make & play is a process based creative platform combining visual and physical expression. For kids age 8/13. The participants invent characters, painting big faces on large brown paper bags; these will be the starting point for multiple explorations. Story-making, sound-making, movement and performance, are based on improvisation, observation, dialogue.
Isabelle Vigier (artistic direction/visual artist) Makiko Ito (performer/choregrapher) Anne LaBerge and Jochem van Tol (musician and performers)
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photos: Ilse Schrama, Marion de Brea, Isabelle Vigier

 

MAZE / TRAIL

January 12th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Game and crowd composition

Sounds can be uploaded to an ever-expanding bank of sonic spaces. MAZE/trail adds them to a network which can be navigated through in endless ways, choosing paths and listening to the soundscapes created by the users. The game was also used as a score by ensemble Maze.

concept: Maze/Isabelle Vigier, interactive design: monotone

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