Distant Voices


With distant voices, Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki continue their exploration of space, particularly investigating the effects of spatial organization on the body and its perception. What happens if an architectural space exceeds its own borders from within? What if a situation breaks out of its spatial limits? What if it dissolves its specific contextual set ups and codes by spreading to other frameworks? And how does this affect the physical, perceptive and behavioral relations between audience members and performers?

distant voices pursues these questions by playing with the idea of materializing space. The project features a structure of moveable objects, whose presence augments the situation with a multiplicity of blind spots. As a modular, transformable sculpture, it oscillates between an installation, a stage design and an architectural element, continually shaping and reshaping the spaces in which it is presented, simultaneously segmenting them into both accessible and inaccessible areas, both visible and invisible zones. The imagination is invited to travel: from the macro- to the micro-level and vice versa, between memory, actual perception and anticipation, and through alternative versions of the situation’s here and now – a journey on which common notions of human intersubjectivity and the desire for interpersonal relationality may be challenged by encounters with a certain kind of ‘objecthood’.

Concept & Direction: Heine Avdal, Yukiko Shinozaki
Visual artist: Arnaud Meuleman
Dramaturge: André Eiermann
Created & performed by:  Andrey Andrianov, Heine Avdal, André Eiermann, Ingrid Haakstad, Arnaud Meuleman, Kayoko Minami, Eivind Seljeseth, Yukiko Shinozaki
Sound design: Roeland Luyten

Sound technique: Mathieu Virot
Technical support: Protocol Room
Production: fieldworks vzw, Heine Avdal
Co-production: STUK (Leuven), APAP Network: BIT-Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Kunstencentrum Buda (Kortrijk) and Pact Zollverein (Essen), Kana Theatrical Centre (Szczecin), CO2 festival (Beirut)
in collaboration with: Kaaitheater (Brussel)
with the support of: Norsk Kulturråd, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie