Friday 5th November 2021
Nattsong, written and directed by Caroline Bergvall, is an ambitious and immersive audio-visual live work for spoken voice, vocal duo, electronic projections and a sonic installation in multiple languages. It includes a new vocal composition for two voices by Gavin Bryars. Caroline will be performing alongside a duo of voices, which includes soprano Peyee Chen, and with sound design by sound artist Jamie Hamilton.
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Nattsong draws on the nomadic histories and ancient multilingual routes of medieval love poetry, and represents them against a current political backdrop of division. Material is drawn from interviews with speakers from minority languages (pre-European languages and newly settled immigrant languages). It creates space for dialogue and exchange around languages, migration and settlement.
It includes a digital text work: “Passengers” specially commissioned by the Rivers Institute, an institute dedicated to new art thinking based in New Orleans and online. It will be live streamed simultaneously. It also includes a new pamphlet commissioned by Prototype Press (UK).
Nattsong is a culmination of Bergvall’s five year long series Sonic Atlas, supported by Arts Council England. Nattsong was commissioned by Cement Fields for Estuary 2021 and is launched as the final event of the Estuary 2021 festival. It is staged at Turner Contemporary, overlooking the sea.
Sonic Atlas started with the internationally acclaimed outdoor sunrise performance Ragadawn (2016). Nattsong is a companion piece to Ragadawn, one at sunrise, one at evening sunset, one outdoors, one indoors, a different dream-time and process of deep and ancient reconnection with stories and landscapes, and the listeners caught in their surf.
Nattsong shares some of the materials and multilingual concerns developed for Ragadawn, notably the use of interviews and verbal material developed through travels with speakers of a range of minoritarian languages (both ancient pre-European languages and more newly settled immigrant languages).
Photo: Thierry Bal