NXT creatives

Teresa Doblinger

HKB - Hochschule der Künste Bern

La Sonnambula

La Sonnambula is a performance named after Roman Haubenstock-Ramati’s graphic score of the same name, within which contemporary music and movement are combined. Music becomes space and the score becomes music. The graphic score La Sonnambula is pictured on the floor of the stage. All the music and movement is placed on the score and results in a full hour of interpretation of the piece. The somnambulist (sleepwalker) moves through and inside the score. The music is greatly supported by the visual impact of the graphic score, in addition to the score’s influence on the movements and the atmosphere of the performance. Each of the composed pieces are linked to a detail of the consequent drawing, where the audience may create their own connection between the visible score, the movement and the music played on top of it. Mirroring the nature of dreams, the somnambulist goes through uncontrolled and sudden changes of environments, images and experiences, replaying certain moments and creating others.

Artist Statement

In my work I try to bring music and movement together without simply putting them next to each other. What I attempt to do is to create a necessity where one element cannot live without the other. I want to create a world for each performance where music and movement can partner with each other, struggle with each other or become one. All acoustic and visual elements require absolute dedication and technical ability, as well as intuition and sensibility to create. As an artist, I believe in being completely honest with oneself and the work when creating; it is evident to audiences when honesty is not at the core of the work. I started to combine music and movement in my work because I felt that presenting one without the other would hide a great part of myself that I wanted to share. That is my main aim as an artist: to be completely honest, even when it makes me vulnerable.