Choregie represents two fields: the artistic principle of creation of music-scenic projects, and a specific method of working with ensembles, developed by Karmina Šilec, used when she prepares ensembles for choregie projects.
The word choregie has got roots in the Greek language where choregies are supposed to be patrons of art, and the idea about developing the choregie concept draws largely from Greek tragedy and particularly the role of the choir in it. The term 'new music', however, refers to the music which represents the very base and a major part of all the projects – the music of our times, as well as to the music which is not commonly heard on stages and is thus considered new, such as medieval music, ethnic music or music taken from certain contexts, e.g. sociological or historical.
With 'Choregie – Vocal Theatre or Theatre of Voices' we started to open up new spaces to multi-form music events at the end of the previous century, and to open up wider spaces to expression, intensity of experience, communication. It was not about breaking down any boundaries between disciplines, it was about putting them next to each other, about coexistence.
The basic disposition of choregie: music which refers to other fields or music which reacts to other fields. In music the score is in direct control of the musician; the reception of the execution of a music piece thus depends only on his or her incentives. This does not apply for the music in choregie; this music requires from a musician and the audience a completely different experience. Namely, the intensive radiation of the heard (music, word) is complemented with the culture of the seen, the culture of the eye, a feeling for the external form. Music thus becomes interesting in a different way as it gets references in a non-musical world. Music, language, vocalisation, the visual and motion coexist, complement each other or stand next to each other in a certain equality. But choregie projects can be performed with different performers, in a different social ambience to the ones usually categorised in other music-theatre forms (opera, operetta or musical).
Choregie are events that reflect the new in the sense of art form, either in music, libretto or set, and leave space for experimenting or exploration of a different music and theatre language.
More about Choregie:
- Documentary film Placebo, 2012
- The book Nolite tacere, 2013
- book CHOREGIE (in developement)