THE WITNESS

THE WITNESS is a multispecies opera, a biocentric experiment for humans and

non-humans, combining deep listening, conscious movement and "blue hour" (dawn) light. In each location in which THE WITNESS takes place, anyone and everyone is invited to participate in the experience. Every day at the "blue hour" participants meet

in vast urban or natural landscapes. The Swiss artist Julie Beauvais, in collaboration with the American flutist Claire Chase and the Ecuadorian anthropologist Eduardo Kohn, leads listeners through Pauline Oliveros's 1989 composition THE WITNESS 

which consists of three open strategies for listening, attuning and responding to the natural environment and to one another. In each new location of THE WITNESS, new guest artists, Indigenous historians, researchers and scientists are invited to facilitate the dialogue between the multiplicity of sentient beings and complex histories present in the field. A conscious exchange is engendered in which humans and all other species in presence are part of a system of interdependence, cooperation and multispecies conviviality.

THE WITNESS LABORATORIES 

2019

25.11 - 23.12   Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology & National School of Drama, Bangalore, India

 

2020

09.03 - 03.04   arthaus.berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (postponed)

20.07 - 02.08   THEATRUM festival - Re-Formation Program, Moscow, Russia

Witnesses in Bangalore, India / Nov.-Dec. 2019:

Phyllanthus emblica, Fagus Sylvatica, Senna Lindheimeriana, Parthenium hysterophorus, Eucalyptus globulus, Poa bulbosa, Juncus, Nyssa Sylvatica, Peahens, Golden Oreole, Crow Pheasant, Nectaryde, Danaus genutia, Vijay Paul Punia, Atharva Nitin Kulkarni, Aditya mandar Nadgauda, Aishwarya Yogesh Londhe, Aparna Menon, Chaubey Shlagha, Damini Yadav, Shandili Jeevan Hegde, Neha Kishor Kakatkar, Manya Singh, Neha Kiran, Nethra Muthukrishnan, Ruchita Manoj Pania, Poorvi Prabhakar Garg, Rishika Ganesh Shetty, Sanjana Sukumar, Saurav Kataria, Shreyas Jagadish Desai, Tanay Ashutosh Sathe, Tanvi Dhanecha, Valli Pattikonda, Amuda Vasant Meena

Witnesses in Moscow, Russia / Jul.-Aug 2020:

Karganova Anna, Evgrafova Elena, Ponomareva Anna, Pavlova Ekaterina, Polikarpova Svetlana, Pugach Olga, Dubovskaya Elena, Soboleva Maria, Luka Anna, Palagina Ekaterina, Seminenko Anna, Bubnova Maria, Pyzhova Ekaterina, Vasileva Ekaterina, Laptyreva Polina, Flerov Anton, Anna Ustynuk

Ácer platanoídes, Tília cordáta, Malus baccata, Pýrus commúnis, Arónia mitschurínii, Vibúrnum ópulus, Bérberis vulgáris, Chaenoméles japónica, Spiraea japonica, Amelánchier ovális, Echinácea purpúrea, Ínula helénium, Echínops rítro, Tanacétum vulgáre, Ocīmum basilīicum, Oríganum vulgáre, Plantágo májor, Melissa officinalis, Leonurus cardiac, Crataégus monógynа, Achilléa millefólium, Láthyrus odorátus, Thýmus serpýllum, Hypéricum perforátum, Ribes alpinum

 

Erinaceus europaeus, Vulpes, Mustela nivalis, Lepus timidus, Lepus europaeu, Soricidae, Cricetus cricetu, Formicidae, Diptera, Araneae, Semislug, Anthophila, Bombus, Culicidae, Sciurus vulgaris, Turdus pilaris, Corvus cornix, Columba, Passeridae, Odonáta, Podiceps cristatus, Corvus corax, Aegithalos caudatus, Lycaenidae

Laboratory work and site-specific experiment for humans and non-humans combining deep listening, conscious movement and blue hour light.

Based on Pauline Oliveros’ text score The Witness.

Created at the blue hour in Bengaluru (IN), Berlin (DE), Moscow (RU).

Production BadNewsFromTheStars* (CH)

Coproducers and associates 

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology - Bangalore, IN

National School of Drama - Bangalore, IN

Arthaus.berlin - Berlin, DE

THEATRUM festival - Re-Formation Program, Moscow, RU


Support and partners Pro Helvetia - Fondation suisse pour la culture, Pro Helvetia New Delhi,

Pro Helvetia Moscow

CREATIVE TEAM

Music and sounds composition Pauline Oliveros

Deep Listening Guide IONE

Space and movement direction Julie Beauvais

Music and sonic direction Claire Chase

Created with and moved by humans and nonhumans in presence. 

The Witness may be performed by a soloist, as a duet with an imaginary partner, or as an ensemble for two to a hundred or more performers. 

 

THE WITNESS LABORATORIES 

2019

25.11 - 23.12   Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology & National School

of Drama, Bangalore, India

 

2020

09.03 - 03.04   arthaus.berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (postponed)

20.07 - 02.08   THEATRUM festival - Re-Formation Program, Moscow, Russia

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