The Nature of Us
Presented by the Mount Royal Choral Association
in collaboration with TRAction & Artio Choir
Score conceived by Artio Choir
Under the directon of Kevin Jesuino, Jean-Louis Bleau & Cassette Bessette
A choir in collaboration with nature.
A blindfolded audience in a public green space. The performer offers the audience a vocal sound score that is in collaboration with the natural sounds around them. This, as an acoustic experience, widens the listening field of the audience member and expands the soundscape to involve everything from the birds, trees and wind. Audience members described it as "meditative" and leaving with a deeper awareness of the sound the Earth makes.
The Nature of Us is a semi-improvised devised theatre and choral performance featuring soundscapes, monologues, sound choreography, and choral music. The concept grew out of a desire to give voice to natural elements in hopes of developing a more empathic understanding of nature. A visual score was conceived for movements one and two. Members of the choir then developed vocal sequences inspired by this score.
Thank you to Calgary Arts Development, Mount Royal Choral Association, and Mount Royal Conservatory for their support of this project.