The voice as a connecting element

On December 22 and 28, 2019, (Non) Corpus: God premiered in the Dominicus Church in Amsterdam. A special project in which it is investigated whether the influence of the voice could serve as a connecting factor between different beliefs. After six months of research and collaboration between the Genetic Choir and Pakhuis de Zwijger, the Fatih Mosque, the Blue Mosque and the community of the Dominicus Church itself, the time had come to perform.

 

Sound and light

(Non) Corpus: God is an immersive experience of sound and light. The audience is actively taken along and can choose a different “route” through the concert. Inspired speakers give an introduction from their background about the “best” way of listening.
When does the voice touch something that we have no words for? For example, how is this experienced by a religious Muslim, a religious Christian or by a non-religious music lover?

 

Light enhances listening together

Light plays a different role in this project than usual. A concert in which joint listening is central and watching is discouraged. The light does not follow the action but creates its own atmosphere. At the start, visitors are given their own lamp that they can carry around or put on the floor. The concerts overall lighting levels remain fairly low. With less light in our eyes, other senses work harder. In this case, the images of light tempt the visitor to further open their ears and let go of eye sight.

 

Credits

Artistic director: Thomas Johannsen
Artistic team: Thomas Johannsen, Jeannette Huizinga, Yankı Bıçakçı
Singers Genetic Choir: Annelie Koning, Chandana Sarma, Irene Rametta, Jeannette Huizinga, Marjolijn Roeleveld, Miyuki Inoue, Moira Mirck, Rutger de Groot, Yankı Bıçakçı, Yinske Silva
Saxophone player: Ab Baars
Guest singer: Ilyas Nadjafi
Guest speakers: Mehmet Yamali, Sander van Maas, Floris Schuiling, Erik Heijerman, Juut Meijer, Eva Martens
Light design: Theatermachine, Isabel Nielen
Trailers: Jane Bergkotte, Peter Franken
Graphic design: Antenna-men
Poster: Greg Lecoeur
Photography: Rene Castelijn