The idea of absolute silence is both gratifying and threatening.

Silence can be wellness or torture, a coveted resource or an absolute nightmare. But above all, it is an impossibility: “Try as we may to make a silence, we cannot”, John Cage observed after visiting an anechoic chamber and encountering not silence but the buzzing of his nervous system and the throbbing of his blood.

¡SILENCIO, POR FAVOR! initiates a search for perfect silence, knowing full well that it does not exist. Therefore, when the ensemble searches for silence, it is actually searching for sounds: sounds of everyday life, sounds of coincidence, unintended sounds and inaudible sounds that buzz through the space in the form of imperceptible frequencies. Using selected works by John Cage and Cathy van Eck and with the help of the antennae of sound artist Marta Zapparoli, Björnsson | Marx and Opera Lab create a dense mesh of music, sounds and texts, opening up a space for reflection and experience in which the ambivalence of silence is treated just as much as the contingency of our acoustic perceptions.

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  • Sat, April 27, 2024 | 8pmMain Stage
  • with 5 additional performances until May 4th

Opera Lab Berlin & Björnsson | Marx

Concept by Julia Marx & Thorbjörn Björnsson | Directed by Thorbjörn Björnsson | Text & Dramaturgy by Julia Marx | Stage & Costume Design by Katri Saloniemi | Production Management by Claas Selck | Technical Direction & Lighting Design by Henning Streck | Live Sound & Music Production by Felix von Dohlen | Artistic Direction by Evan Gardner | Press & Communication by Sarah Rosenau | Production Assistance by Ben Goldby & Sadie Shea | Social Media by Julius Graupner | Graphic by Michael Weingart

With: Maria do Mar de Brito Lopes (Violin/Performance), Raphael Papo (Violin/Performance) Francesca Verga (Viola/Performance), Guilherme Rodrigues (Violoncello/Performance), Marta Zapparoli (Tapes/Antennas/Performance), Ula Liagaitė (Dance/Performance) // With selected works by John Cage & Cathy van Eck