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Eleonor Bauer - Meyoucycle

don 12/03/2015 - 13:17 > 14:17

Meyoucycle (me-you-cycle) is a song cycle and performance conceived by choreographer Eleanor Bauer and composer Chris Peck, who have been long-distance collaborators for over 10 years. Performed by Ictus contemporary music ensemble with singer/dancer/performers Eleanor Bauer, Inga Hákonardóttir, Tarek Halaby, and Gaël Santisteva, and including contributions from guest songwriters and composers, Meyoucycle integrates music, text, performance, dance, and choreography towards a synthesis of several artistic affinities. An experience beyond the sum of its parts, floating between genres of musical and theatrical performance, "Meyoucycle" sounds like "Musical" pronounced in a vaguely foreign accent - that is to say, a Meyoucycle creates something unfamiliar to what can be identified as a musical, but with similar components and ingredients.

As a me-you-cycle, Meyoucycle utilizes the contemporary reality of distance and absence within our collaboration as a way to open up spaces of interpretation and interrelation between songwriter, musician, composer, choreographer, performer and audience. Working with a spectrum of methods of scoring and generating material with others, the process of creation underlines the intersubjectivity by which meaning is created and understood. Bauer and Peck’s focus on songwriting as opposed to other formats of music composition comes from an interest in the tension between the denotative nature of language in words or lyrics and the connotative qualities of music, singing, and performance which create meaning in affective, emotional, and textural ways.
Thinking about the "song" as opposed to other kinds of musical composition as a relatively short and isolated piece often written to communicate a particular feeling, idea, or agenda.Meyoucycle emphasizes this direct communication style as well as emotivity as a means of such communication, looking for ways in a shared process to create space for those un-nameable, perhaps intuitive truths that resonate in the deep undercurrents connecting the absolutely personal to universally common experience. The subjective and yet shared palette of experiential knowledge constituted by emotion is the cornerstone of the research and creation process of Meyoucycle. Rather than making art about ideas and letting emotions color the content, we place emotions themselves and the questions of what they are, how they work, and how they are understood, at the center of the creative process. 

Compostition : Eleanor Bauer & Chris Peck

Ictus ensemble, as: Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Tom Pauwels, Gerrit Nulens, Géry Cambier, Alex Fostier

Eleanor Bauer, Inga Hákonardóttir, Tarek Halaby, Gaël Santisteva
Songwriters: Chris Peck , Eleanor Bauer, Gérald Kurdian, Arjan Miranda, Ryan Seaton

Production Management: Caravan Production for GoodMove vzw

Coproduction and Support: Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE); Rencontres Internationales de Seine-Saint Denis (Paris, FR); Residencies at Kaaitheater (Brussel, BE), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussel, BE), and P.A.R.T.S (Brussel, BE);

with support of the Flemish Authorities 

Special Thanks: Jean-Luc Plouvier, Emily Gale