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Baroque theatre noise machines performance "BAD WEATHER"
Lithuanian première

Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Small Stage (Gedimino av. 4)

"Bad Weather" is a performative sound art event centered around baroque theatre noise machines that have interested Arturas Bumšteinas - the author of the idea of the work - since 2012. The artist first worked with the sounds of baroque noise instruments in his project "Epiloghi. Six Ways of Saying Zangtumbtumb" (Deutschlandradio Kultur, 2013).

Together with a professional theatre carpenter, for the "Bad Weather" project he has re-created wind, rain, sea and thunder imitation devices, identical to the ones whose canon settled in European theatres over the 17th century.

In the Baroque era, noise machines constituted a small part of the whole theatrical illusion - the one invisible to the eye of the viewer, with its positions at the theatre‘s wings and behind the scene. In "Bad Weather", noise machines are generators of conceptual "climate", but like any other man-made mechanism, the wind machine is not a self-operating perpetuum mobile: its spontaneity is influenced by human muscle tension and his / her creative will. In "Bad Weather", the ensemble of performers remains coordinated by having replaced musical notes or choreographic instructions with weather charts from various centuries, as well as their decontextualized fragments, to organize the dynamics of the work and metaphorically "set to rotation" the wheel of natural phenomena and its simulation. Performance artist Ivan Cheng has written a specific performative text for "Bad Weather", which forecasts the topics that have influenced the creative process.

Each version of "Bad Weather" is always a little different. And what about the singing voice...? The aria is floating around in the surround-sound space, looking for the body to pin to.

"The performers are not making sound effects per se; what they are doing is more analogous to accomplished jazz musicians improvising their way through a well-known standard." (John Doran, The Quietus, on "Bad Weather" as premiered at "Unsound" festival, October 30, 2017)

Author of idea and stage director Arturas Bumšteinas
Librettist and text performer Ivan Cheng
Noise machinery performers: Gailė Griciūtė, Greta Grinevičiūtė, Rūta Junevičiūtė, Aaron Kahn
Live sound processing Antanas Dombrovskij
Sound director Ignas Juzokas
Lighting designer Julius Kuršis
Noise machinery reconstruction Ernestas Volodzka

Première: October 10, 11 and 12, 2017, Kraków, "Cricoteka" Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, "Unsound" festival.

Duration: 50 mins.

In English with English surtitles.