VOGP: Music for survival
About the project
Premiere: 2. 3. 2018, Slovene National Theatre Maribor
Slovene National Theatre Maribor, 3. 3. 2018
Drama festival, Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, 25. 5. 2018
Operadagen, Rotterdam 19., 20. 5. 2018
The Eric Ericson Hall, Stockholm, autumn 2018
Music for Survival
What music is really about / A journey into the realm of memory / A testimony of women’s capacity to survive, of their persistence, solidarity and creativity / An extraordinary legacy of determination and strength in unimaginably terrifying conditions
In a concert hall, audience comfortably follows the story of women’s suffering – yet another mythicized human tragedy, another WW2 topography of pain, a reflexion of historical memory, spirituality, morals and truth. Recapturing the aestheticized trauma helps us understand brutality, volatility and injustice. And music remains at the very core of the general meaning on the edge of disaster.
VOGP expresses the complex relation between music, trauma, mourning and legacy to discuss the reasons for music to become a universal symbol in suffering and the ultimate sanctuary in despair. It has power to overwhelm all senses, one’s body and soul, to shift the tormented to some other world. It can possibly rule over death. VOGP puts music in a self-reflecting frame: it presents its own representation, it illustrates its own exceeding of social and rational structure through its impact.
Music: arrangements by Margaret Dryburgh
F. Schubert, J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms, F. Chopin, A. Dvořák, E. Grieg, W. A. Mozart, P. I. Tchaikovsky etc.
Performed by: Vocal Orchestra VOGP
Production: Carmina Slovenica