Echoic Choir – Stine Janvin & Ula Sickle Performance

Is the old idea of a communal dancefloor becoming a distant memory, or are we starting to see it with new eyes? This will be explored in the performance Echo Choir, by Stine Janvin and Ula Sickle, premiering in Norway at MUNCH.



Photo: Paris Tsitsos

This new collaboration between vocalist Stine Janvin and choreographer Ula Sickle evokes the ritual of coming together on a dancefloor around music late at night.

The event has an 18 year age limit.
Notice: The performance uses strobe lighting.

Relying on the power of acoustic voices and spatial resonance, the project aims to create a collective and immersive event, by placing the performers and the audience in a shared space, such as a rave or nightclub. Sound, choreography and the visual aspects of the work, such as light, create a strong synesthetic experience for the audience. Echoic Choir takes on the challenge of using 'social distancing' rules as artistic parameters. The notion of an intimate dancefloor is gradually becoming a vague memory. Revisiting this setting and its sensory memories, albeit within new parameters, invites new perspectives on a familiar scenario.

Don't miss: Free artist talk with Stine Janvin & Ula Sickle

Stavanger-born vocalist, performer and sound artist Stine Janvin works with the extensive flexibility of her voice, and the ways in which it can be used to channel physicality of sound.Created for variable spaces from theatres, to clubs and galleries, and more recently websites and digital platforms, the backbone of Janvin’s projects focus on exploring performance formats, vocal instrumentation and potential dualities of the natural versus artificial, tangible/digital, and minimal/dramatic. Her most recent works are SOLD (a dog and pony show) and renowned Fake Synthetic Music.

Ula Sickle is a choreographer and performer, living and working in Brussels. From a background in contemporary dance, she works across disciplines, drawing from contemporary music and the visual arts. She studied in Toronto and Paris, before attending PARTS, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in Brussels and Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing. Ula’s performances have been presented in theatres and festivals across Europe including the Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Tanz Im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Helsinki) and Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris).

Concept, composition: Stine Janvin
Concept, choreography: Ula Sickle
With: Sidney Barnes, Michelle Cheung, Stine Janvin, Roman Ole, Ula Sickle & Annalise Van Even (originally with Rishin Singh)
Libretto, Dramaturgy: Persis Bekkering

Costume: Wang Consulting
Lights: Marcel Weber (MFO), Ofer Smilansky
Sound: Olivia Oyama
Graphic design: D-E-A-L 

Coproduction MUNCH (Oslo), Wiener Festwochen, STUK House for Dance, Image and Sound (Leuven), Dampfzentrale Bern

With the support of the Flemish Community, the Flemish Community Commission, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program

Residencies Kunstenwerkplaats (Brussels), DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, Dampfzentrale Bern Executive production, diffusion Caravan Production (Brussels)