Choirs are a very specific form of assembling – from representing “the people” in Greek tragedy via all kinds of religious choirs, political choirs, revolutionary choirs up to the legendary human mic at Occupy Wall Street and the iconic chants at Tahrir Square in 2011. Theatre director Claudia Bosse, art theorist Alia Mossallam, and the activists of The Church of Stop Shopping discuss the potential (and perhaps dangers), the tenderness, the precarity and the power of synchronised singing, chanting, shouting along concrete artistic and activistic practices in Cairo, New York and Vienna.
Choir is also a gathering of different interests that approach each other over a period of time, negotiating their differences, experiences and understandings.
Sharing, articulating. not always with words, but with actions in a physical articulation in space, space- grasping.
A connection to others, previously unfamiliar, is created.
Society and play at the same time.
they do not always have to be themselves, but can explore and invent themselves- as an empowerment of their own imagination and by creating, disturbing, challenging communal situations.
The gathering as a chorus, as an SUSPEND or EXPOSITION of oneself with others.
An encounter in a mindful, productive and temporary dependence, as a commitment to one another. The condition for this SUSPEND or EXPOSITION is making one’s own body recognisable.
In this EXAMINATION, attention to different bodies and experiences is part of the practice. A making porous of bodies, listening, breathing, and intimacy with others, who in this case are mostly human.