7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
• "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis"
(I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts)
• "Song of the Answerer". Walt Whitman.
In this performance the voice confronts poetry reading as an act of opening. The program includes a triptych based on the idea of the poem as gift (“Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis”), an interpretation of Walt Whitman’s “Song of the answerer”, and a last section (“Listen”) of live interaction with brief poetic, musical, visual and dance pieces. Opening the poem means here sharing the core of the poem’s creative process through sound towards an experience that turns the listener into a threshold, and the ear into the stage where a bond can appear.
The first part, “Timeo Danaos et dona ferentis” (“I fear the Greeks even bearing gifts”), which takes its title from Virgil (Aeneid 2.49), displays three usual acts related to the gift: giving, receiving, and opening. Each part presents a variation of the same original poem in Spanish, though phonetical and entonational features of Greek and Russian language appear in the second and third rendering. The voice here enters the exploration of a search in which fear is taken as a place in which to sustain ourselves in a state of permanent care and sensitivity.
The second part takes Walt Whitman “Song of the answerer” and builds into sound the radical axiom of ethical openness in the move that the poem proposes. The possibility of emergence of a fragile but strong “we” is attempted here through an act in which the voice is by itself scattered and driven as a search inside an external body.
The third part, “Listen,” turns reading into a space for onstage interaction with a diversity of languages. Poems, along with musical, visual and dance pieces will be part of this exercise on ear curiosity for the voice. The construction of the “we” in this case stems from two differentiated active zones that move between a previous notion of the original piece and an improvisation in real time.