SCENATET was in Brazil in November 2019 to do 3 performances at respectively SESC São Paulo and this year’s Festival Música Estranha. Furthermore, artistic director Anna Berit Asp Christensen was participating in debates and seminars along with other creative minds with the aim of developing contemporary music and sound art. The project was organized and economically supported by Danish Cultural Institute, and supported by KODA Culture, the Danish Arts Council, and Knud Højgaards Fond.
RESTAGING OF ‘ME QUITTE’ BY NIELS RØNSHOLDT
Two of the three performances during our stay in Brazil were of ‘Me Quitte’ by composer Niels Rønsholdt. This composition turns the tradition of crooning upside down and undermines its vitality and potency. In the 10 songs of the composition, Jacques Brel’s chanson ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ (‘Don’t Leave Me’) is picked apart and sung backwards, while the lyrics are reflected and further distorted in a cabinet of magic mirrors – ultimately taking the form of a love song as it would be sung in hell. In the almost hypnotic cycles of music, the audience may sometimes end up looking past the demonic and awkward character of the composition and allow themselves to be carried away. Just as it could happen with love.
Originally envisaged as an intimate chamber-setup, this 2013 piece has already been restaged once in 2014 as a larger symphonic performance in collaboration with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra. We’re excited to reveal the third round of setup at respectively SESC São Paulo and this year’s Festival Música Estranha.
A SELECTION OF DANISH COMPOSITIONS
For one of our performances in Brazil, SCENATET compiled an array of works by Danish composers and international artists who have a special connection to Denmark. The list includes Kaj Duncan David, Josefine Opsahl, Juliana Hodkinson, Simon Steen-Andersen, Marta Śniady, Simon Løffler, Christian Winther Christensen and Lasse Schwanenflügel Piasecki. The composers did one big showcase of works, excellently demonstrating new waves of contemporary music and sound art.
A CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION
Our trip to Brazil is a residency funded by Statens Kunstfond for the purpose of strengthening intercultural cooperation in the musical field. While SCENATET is doing performances, showcasing works by an array of Danish composers, artistic director Anna Berit Asp Christensen undertook an independent 14-day residency – partly by virtue of her role as artistic director at SPOR festival. She participated in debates and seminars along with other creative minds, with the aim of developing festivals for contemporary music and sound art in both Brazil and Denmark as well as sharing experience and inspiration from the experimental music field in general.
As part of this cross-cultural collaboration with Brazil, SCENATET has had the pleasure of having a Brazilian composer in residence in Denmark. The stay was curated and realised by Anna Berit Asp Christensen and Thiago Cury (artistic director at Festival Música Estranha), and it culminated in the ongoing creation of a new musical piece written specifically for and further developed in collaboration with SCENATET.
At SESC São Paulo 2019
Date: November 20
Place: Sorocaba City