Showcase: 18 February 2023, Tanzhalle Berlin, DE
An evolution of Amir Shpilman and Shiran Eliaserov’s performative installation Inversion of a Future, IMPACT is the first act of their opera that seeks to bring new viscerality to the experience of the human body through new operatic elements infused with live film stunt. The result of extensive research, supported by institutions including DockART, the Berlin Senate, and Fonds Darstellende Künste, IMPACT combines the interdisciplinary expertise of this creative team. Reimagining the heroic stunts and cinematic gestures of popular culture, IMPACT uncovers the fear, vulnerability, and mortality that lie within. In order to create compatible actions on stage, the creative team required a cast that could intersect the realms of sound, music, and motion; finding riggers ready to take on the role of actors and opera performers with extensive backgrounds in the practices of movement.
Presented on a 360° stage, opera singer Katsiaryna Zhynhiarouskaya, artist and professional stuntwoman Helga Wretman, and professional film stunt coordinators and riggers Alexander Kusmak and Marten Baum, interact with Shpilman’s musical score with epic orchestrations, sound effects, and foley sounds craftsmanship. Trapped within the confines of the stage, each of these four individuals embodies the intensity of the situations before them, coalescing into an undivisive organism.
IMPACT is supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. The work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union, in the context of Culture Moves Europe. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.
Arstistic Conception & Stage direction: Amir Shpilman & Shiran Eliaserov
Composition: Amir Shpilman
Choreography: Shiran Eliaserov
Dramaturgy: Louis Geisler
Stuntwoman: Helga Wretman
Soprano: Katsiaryna Zhynhiarouskaya
Stunt/Rigging Coordinator: Alexander Kusmak
Stunt/Rigger: Marten Baum
Sound Artists: Anton Kondratov & Egor Ananko
Production Management: Cultopia
IMPACT is supported by Fonds Dastellende Kunste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. This work was produced with the financial assistance of the European Union in the frame of Culture Moves Europe mobility grant. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.