Now…Entertain Us! (2015)

Concept in English

“Anything too stupid to be said…is sung.”
– Voltaire

“I feel stupid, and contagious.
Here we are now, entertain us!”
– Kurt Cobain

Lyrics…the words to a song, that are typically sung. Words produce meaning. The voice is the instrument and the medium to convey a meaning. But do words lose their meaning when they are sung? Or do they perhaps gain a new meaning based on the various intonations produced by the voice? Does a musical instrument highlight or intensify this new meaning? Maybe meaning isn’t even that important in this context, and perhaps it’s just the sound of the words sung by a “beautiful voice” that we wish to focus on. Can we ignore the meaning, even if we are fully aware of the quality and aesthetics of the voice? Maybe that’s the only purpose when we listen to the singing voice…We wish to be entertained by a voice that is devoid of meaning.

 

Konzept auf Deutsch

“Alles, was zu dumm ist, um gesprochen zu werden, wird gesungen.“
– Voltaire

I feel stupid
And contagious
Here we are now
Entertain us!
(Ich fühl’ mich dumm und ansteckend
Hier sind wir…Unterhalte uns!)“
-Kurt Cobain

Menschen sind darauf konditioniert auf Texte, Sprache und Bedeutung zu achten…aber nehmen wir auch die Qualität von der Stimme war? Ignorieren wir die Bedeutung des Textes, wenn die Gesangsstimme eine emotionale Wirkung auf uns hat? Sind wir zweifellos immer auf der Suche nach Bedeutung? Oder wollen wir manchmal einfach nur von einer „schönen Stimme“ unterhalten werden und nur Emotional davon berührt werden? Beschreibung auf Deutsch

Photos by Karlo Walz

Performance and Concept/Performance und Konzept: Alyssa Marie Warncke
With/Mit: Alyssa Marie Warncke
Mentors/Mentoren: Jonas Leifert, Antje Pfundtner, Ana Vujanovic
Dramaturgical Help/Dramaturgie: Anna Semenova
Outside Eyes/Mit Hilfe von: Gloria Höckner, Lucie Schröder
Premier/Premiere: 26th June 2015 – Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

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