Johanna Hällsten and Hljómeyki

Rupture (10min performance by choir)

The piece builds on previous works; Calls from Blethenal Green (2013), Onlookers Doubt (2009), Interspecies Communication (2008/11) and Breathe & Time/Breathe Reprise (2010), which explore and test cross-species communication and translation processes. This work is part of a larger research project ‘Performing Hekla’ exploring different translation processes within music and voice performance. ‘Performing Hekla’ is centred on Jón Leifs works that concern the Icelandic landscape and sagas.

What is of interest here are the slippages between the choir/animal and the piano/volcano, together with the futility of the translation process and dialogues between the choral voices, animal sounds, and environmental sounds. Jón Leifs’ ‘Hekla’ explores the ways in which our environment communicates through sound, an aural language without words, through complex orchestral works that include many non-conventional noise- producing items such as stones, chains and anvils. Rupture is a dialogue between the environmental language and that of the animals inhabiting it. The use of voice, and in this case a choir, explores the dynamic of a shared voice whilst also being able to draw attention to the individuals role in communicating as part of a symbiotic system.