The collaboration with the music schools Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali of Reggio Emilia and Castelnovo ne’ Monti ‘Peri-Merulo’ led to the project titled Corpi Sonanti (Sounding Bodies), a performance conceived for an orchestra of 40 young musicians aged between 14 and 16. Its aim was to experiment with new educational and artistic experiences, bringing into play and creating a connection between the expressive power of the body and the acoustic space, improvisation and musical memory, instrumental skills and the musical performance of the pieces played live.
The young musicians, under the guidance of the teacher Gabrielangela Spaggiari, worked in the Fonderia with Arturo Cannistrà, who helped them to play and approach the instruments using their bodies in a more creative and unusual way with respect to customary orchestra practices.
Corpi sonanti In-canto con musiche di Brahms, Čajkovskij, Wagner
Può il canto delle balene farci vivere un’esperienza di incantamento come accade con la musica e con la gestualità espressiva del corpo?
Questa è l’idea da cui nasce la nuova performance di Corpi sonanti In-canto.
L’incantamento che scaturisce dal canto primitivo delle balene (ma non per questo meno intenso ed espressivo) ci emoziona al punto di stordirci e quasi spaurirci. Da questo stupore nasce l’idea di provocare un incontro con la musica: all’inizio solo un fugace contatto, mentre il corpo agisce ancora nella sua primordiale animalità, poi, nel corso della performance, il canto delle balene si unisce e si fonde in un tutt’uno con il “canto” della musica mentre il corpo si trasforma in danza.
Questa esperienza che cerca di mettere in sinergia il canto delle balene con la musica (di Ciaikovsky, Brahms e Wagner) e la gestualità del corpo, ha come principale intento educativo quello di stimolare nei ragazzi che vi partecipano, una sensibilità e uno sguardo verso ciò che di misterioso ed emozionante può ancora donarci la Natura.
(SOUNDING BODIES LISTENING)
This year, the Corpi Sonanti workshop focused on the theme of listening, with the aim of raising the young orchestra players’ awareness of its importance in performing and creative practice.
So, what did the young participants experience with Corpi sonanti?
It was not just a listening experience to develop the necessary ability for staying in step with and contributing to the construction of a musical sense. It also involved listening to the body and the gesture of contact, to the silence and the breathing of musicians before they begin to play, to the glances of mutual support they exchange with one other, and to the emotions they release, thereby enhancing that musical sense and its expressiveness.
Thus, by combining musical practice and musical gesture, they sought to deliver an exploratory and creative interpretation of some works by Stravinsky, Weill, Sibelius and Satie by playing as a single choral body, a “sounding body”, in a performance based on “listening” to new spaces of sound and expression.
Fonderia, Reggio Emilia – Sunday, 25 March 2018
Auditorium Fondazione Cariplo, Milan – Saturday, 7 April 2018
Reggia di Rivalta, Reggio Emilia – Monday, 2 July 2018
I. Stravinsky (1882-1971)
First Piece for Solo Clarinet (from the 3 Pieces) Andante (from Suite No. 1 for Small Orchestra) Miniature No. 7 (from the 8 Instrumental Miniatures)
Berceuse and Finale (transcribed by I. Meerle from The Firebird Suite)
K. Weill (1900-1950)
Tango-Ballade (transcription for wind ensemble by F. Codeluppi from The Threepenny Opera)
J. Sibelius (1865-1957)
Andante Festivo for string quartet
E. Satie (1866-1925)
Gymnopédie 2 (Adaptation of the version for Orchestra by Debussy)
(SOUNDING BODIES ON THE MOVE)
Performance at the Fonderia – 17 March 2017.
Third Movement from Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler
Sarabande from the Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg
Moldava by Bedřich Smetana
First performance at the Fonderia on 24 March 2016
Music by Handel and Wagner.
Flash mob in Piazza Prampolini, Reggio Emilia, on 24 May 2016 as part of Reggionarra.
Corpi Sonanti in vetta (SOUNDING BODIES ON THE MOUNTAINTOPS)
Following a workshop with Arturo Cannistrà, held from 24 to 31 August 2016 as part of the summer school organized by Istituto Musicale ‘Peri’, the young orchestra presented Corpi sonanti in vetta – flash mob under the belfry of the main square of Ligonchio (Reggio Emilia, Italy), creating emotional and evocative moods.