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The Dutch Dance Festival presents the Dutch premiere of unmute by Keren Levi and Yannis Kyriakides. Levi and Kyriakides are entering onto terrain that has been little explored with this dance concert for four dancers and two musicians from Slagwerk Den Haag, terrain where digital technology and the dancers’ physical skills play upon each other.

'With this performance Levi & Kyriakides enter a scarcely explored territory'

Bodies and sensors merge in a musicdance performance about the loss of language

3 dancers and 2 percussionists
wearing sensors on their bodies
bring into being a landscape of voices and sounds
in a performance about the loss of language

Spoken fragments, detached from their physical origin, keep hovering over the scenes in UNMUTE. The performers are paradoxically both in control and controlled by them. As prophets, mediums, daemons and cyborgs, they are speaking to us and for us, expressing an urgency to communicate.

UNMUTE is musicdance performance, a hybrid outcome of an encounter between composer Yannis Kyriakides and choreographer Keren Levi. During the performance dance, live percussion and digital soundscape are interwoven by the performers, 3 dancers and 2 musicians of percussion ensemble Slagwerk Den Haag. They all wear sensors on their bodies, their physical skills and new technology play upon each other. With this project Kyriakides and Levi tread on barely explored ground where technology and human physicality lead to new perspectives.

In UNMUTE is not about the content or the meaning of speech. Central to the piece is the space created for the muted to articulate their demand to be heard. In that no man’s land between ancient and post-human technologies, opportunity for transformation and emancipation arise. UNMUTE is a fascinating performance that is both topical and poetic.

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Concept and Musical Composition | Yannis Kyriakides
Concept and Choreography | Keren Levi
Dance, Music and Choreography | Eva Susova, Charlie Laban Trier, Matthew Day Percussion, Dance and Musical Composition | Fedor Teunisse Marianna Soroka (Pepe Garcia in the development stage)
Dramaturgical Advice | Igor Dobričić
Sensor Server and Software Development | Darien Brito
Sensor System and Sound Technique | Michele Abolaffio
Light Design and Technique | Martin Kaffarnik
Styling | Ginta Tinte Eva, Charlie, Matthew, Marianna
Graphic Design | Miritte Ben Yitzchak 
Photography | Eti Steinberg, Assi Weitz

UNMUTE is a co-production of Keren Levi | NeverLike and Slagwerk Den Haag and is funded by Performing Arts Fund NL, Norma Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

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