SCHLIC DE SCHLAC
This French spoken play is based on several poems
Created and performed by Inti Theatre, a Brussels based Children Theatre Company
Recorded at Acoustic Recording Service (Beigem, Belgium) in 2010
Nicolas Kummert (sax)
Yannick Willox (piano & recording)
Sigrid Keunen (viola & klockenspiel)
Company IntiTheater (percussion)
Sigrid Keunen BIO
I’m Sigrid from Belgium and I sing and swing in Brussels.
It seems like I’m a millipede, but on my 2 feet am I a classically formed violist and coach in my art-education program called SIGI'S BOAT.
As composer, writer & transdisciplinary artist, I turn music, words, fantasy and the elusive into headstrong creations.
I'm a guide and do supertitles at the opera theatre De Munt / La Monnaie (Brussels).
I studied viola with Leo De Neve at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp and attended master classes with Ervin Schiffer, Mikhail Bezverkny, Yvietta Matison and Eduard Wulfson.
I was a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, Canada) in 2000 for viola & composition and in 2003 for viola, performance & composition.
As a freelance viola player I have worked in several Belgian chamber music formations, classical orchestra's and ensembles.
I have played shows with Frank Michael, Julien Clerc, Liza Minelli, Cat Power and Robby Lakatos.
And I have collaborated with Eric Raeves, de Verrukking, Wayn Traub, Praga Khan (a.k.a. Lords Of Acid), Dirk Hendrikx, Company Ubbergen, the saxophone Esquire Quartet, Walter Verdin, Bud Blumenthal, Manuela Nogales and Inti Theatre (Brussels).
Sigrid Keunen AGENDA
Residency in Gaillait 80 Brussels
@the Tristero Open House Residency
writing my new composition:Rhapsody: a spectrum on an imaginary composition --for voice, sounds & movements “Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” ―
POWERNAPSONGS1-minute video’s @powernapsongs
… are to empower a moment
A moment at will
A moment in one’s head
A moment that cuts off one from the previous
A moment that goes straight to the heart
A moment to stop half-hearted thoughts, idea’s, understandings
A moment to end concepts, conceptions, convictions, considerations
A moment to fade away a mental picture
A moment to fade away the mental picture
A moment to fade away that
Words are taking a little time off
Words that speak in the head, are starting to dance
Words can dance!!
They wave from side to side
They roll… & they rock
Jiggle / Joggle / wiggle / waggle / Jiggle / Joggle / wiggle / waggle / Jiggle / Joggle / wiggle / waggle / Jiggle / Joggle / wiggle / waggle … wobble
The PowerNap Songs
… are a little smile
They smile, smile, smile…
Yes, and from today on an instant becomes a verb. An invisible active verb.
The songs instant the speed of the heart
The PowerNap Songs…
They point in time
They take time
They express time
They catch time
They vibrate time
They touch time
Sigrid Keunen VIMEO
17 video's you can find on:
Sigrid Keunen MEDIUM
CIRCLE-S or my cycle of words-mix
Here I share with you contemplations and musings about my reflections on the notion of a circle.
Let it start somewhere.
Let it reveal itself like a cutaway diagram of my perceptions where perspectives appear.
Let it reveal an arranged sequence of points where they form — to your own liking — an imperfect or perfect circumference.
Can one cut through a vicious circle by just cutting corners?
Oh dear, just cut it …
I’m writing at a somewhat circular table, they have cut off 1/8 of the table to match two tables together so it looks like a big 8.
You name it: it’s two to tango, it’s at least three to circle dance, four places in the cabin of a Ferris wheel and eventually hey five!
SIGI'S BOAT / SIGI'S BOOT
... is a thematic anchor for the imagination as well as an art educational course for children between 4 and 12 years old.
SIGI'S BOAT is a Meccano-style wooden boat with a size of 140cm x 350cm with which we can express an idiosyncratic story by improvising, rhythmic instruments, movement and different characters.
All the pillars of musical education are discussed. And once we are away from the shores, in the wide waters of the imaginary, SIGI'S BOAT becomes the floating nutshell where trust, togetherness and fantasy move freely. SIGI'S BOAT invites the children to move towards and explore to the scaffolding of the familiar, the narrative imagination.
Travel Theme:the song of the sea on SIGI'S BOATSIGI'S BOAT and the DOLPHINS SIGI'S BOAT and the FLYING BUTTERFLY SIGI'S BOAT has an ANCHOR SIGI'S BOAT sails RAP
New program:SIGI'S BOAT sails HAND in HAND... is based on the artistic philosophy of SIGI'S BOOT and stimulates self-expression with language, sound, play and music, from the child's own imaginative world. This educational offer is entirely in line with my artistic line and methodology as a transdisciplinary artist.
... navigates with words: objects and verbs in the form of sign language. So we sail with creative hand movements based on the regular sign language and the SMOG gestures.SIGI'S BOOT on FB concept & coaching: Sigrid Keunen Interested? & Would you like more information about the workshops?Geïnteresseerd? & Wenst u meer info over de ateliers?Contact Sigrid: +32 496 647 677 or
... in het Nederlands klinkt het zo:
SIGI’S BOOT is een inspirerende creatieve muzikale en plastische tool. Een eenvoudig gestileerde houten boot is het spelmateriaal dat aanzet tot brede associaties. Aan boord wordt verbeelding gecreëerd, fantasie geëxploreerd en wordt er via improvisatie verteld, gespeeld en gemusiceerd.
Het stimuleren van de creativiteit opent de ogen en SIGI'S BOOT ondersteunt hiermee het 'zijn' in het dagdagelijks leven van kinderen van 4 t.e.m. 12 jaar.
SIGI’S BOOT is een verhalenboot. Een heel speciale. Een muzikale. Waar Noach dieren meenam op zijn ark, zijn het aan boord van SIGI’S BOOT klanken, ritmes en gezang waarmee de grote exploratietocht wordt aangegaan. Onderweg en vanuit de fantasie, scheppen wij een eigen muzikale en emotionele wereld. Wie instapt, vertrekt op creatieve zelfontdekking.
Thema Reizen:het lied van de zee op SIGI'S BOOTSIGI'S BOOT en de DOLFIJNENSIGI'S BOOT en de VLIEGENDE VLINDERSIGI'S BOOT heeft een ANKERSIGI'S BOOT vaart RAP
Nieuw programma:SIGI'S BOOT vaart HAND in HAND
... is gebaseerd op de artistieke filosofie van SIGI'S BOOT en stimuleert zelfexpressie met taal, klank, spel en muziek, vanuit de eigen verbeeldingswereld van het kind. Dit educatief aanbod ligt geheel in het verlengde van mijn artistieke lijn en methodiek als transdisciplinair kunstenaar.... navigeert met woorden: voorwerpen en werkwoorden in de vorm van gebarentaal. Dus we varen met creatieve handbewegingen gebaseerd op de reguliere gebarentaal en de SMOG-gebaren.
voor de Brusselse scholen ontvangt SIGI'S BOOT steun van VGC Onderwijs:
AND IT SOUNDS AS ...
A STORYTELLING CONCERTconcept & storytelling: Sigrid Keunen
of 3 stories by H.C. Andersen:
The flowers of little Ida, The ugly duckling & The princess and the pea
Those stories are alternated by
A gesture poem of a clown
Prelude from the First Cello Suites of J.S. Bach
A public conversation about a special journey to a skyscraper
Video by a Belgium Local TV channel on 16/12/2016
The Princess & the Pea:
As part of the film: SchaerbeeKWA (directed & written by Nejm Halla)AND IT SOUNDS AS / French performance ...
IN THIS CASE
IN THIS CASEfor violin, viola & a little boxa creation with Julie Haas (Belgium)IN THIS CASE ...
A little red box with white performers in a white box and a white decor
The idea of the music box is used as the starting point for a wordless performance for two musicians. The sheer fact of opening a music box brings about certain thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Likewise, the two musicians in the box try to bring about certain emotions and feelings, with music and movement.
This performance is a 'junction' between classical music and performance, a 'junction' between life and fantasy.
How does a little girl feel, opening such a box for the first time? What about a woman who spots a box in an antique shop? What's going through one's mind on the eve of a marriage? And what about the melancholy of a grandmother reminiscing about the past?
Junction Art Festival Toronto 09/2008
Performance Mix Festival, Joyce Theatre Soho, New York 03/2009
Julie Haas: concept & violin
Sigrid Keunen: concept, décor, viola & music composition
BALLAD FOR YOU
The Dutch written words in the title: ZEEMEERMIN means literal
SEA MORE LESS and is a Dutch translation for MERMAID.
But we simply tell a love story:
A BALLAD FOR YOU
Fragments out of an 8' performance: A BALLAD ...
Dirk Hendrikx: concept, choreography & costumes
Sigrid Keunen: movement, music composition & viola
DUPLEX GAMEshape / composition / performance a creation with Cilla Berg (Sweden)
The starting point for our composition is a quote from On Grief And Reason: Essays by Joseph Brodsky: “Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the Holy Book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.”
Then we build.
DUPLEX GAME is about everything you observe and the meaning attached to it, the perception. And thus what happens when one looks the same but experience a different side. One sees something, but it also has another side: a hand is a hand but someone sees the top and the other palm.
DUPLEX GAME explains why different definitions of "his" side by side and examine the pros and cons of all observations.
In DUPLEX GAME we analyze the word 'GAME', the possible elements, the rules and it’s PLAY- time. We look at how a ‘GAME’ has an influence on the course of events.
Can the 'GAME' ultimately influence our perception, forms and / or enrichment? DUPLEX GAME wants to juxtapose and investigate the different ways of perceiving
A quote that recapitulates it properly:
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the coloring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.” from John Lubbock -The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in-
Cilla Berg graduated in 2013 at the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
Sigrid is a musician (viola), composer and performer. Her compositions and education programs are a crossover and a synergy of music, dance and theatre. As a freelance viola player, she works in Belgium and as a freelance guide in the Opera house of Brussels, de Munt/ La Monnaie.
Cilla and Sigrid come from different artistic backgrounds, but they have a tangent point in which they want to investigate and to explore.
As we share the same vision: art is a trigger and serves as a stimulus to the imagination of the public. Our compositions and performances have not the goal to lead them to that answer or tell them exactly what to think / feel / experience.
We offer elements to make one’s own story.
From here we recognize and acknowledge each other's aesthetics and this in relation to our own work and thus to each particular collaboration.
And then just step aside:
As Alice Liu (organizer Listhus Artspace, Iceland) during a creation session nicely summarized: "Cilla works with a rather static backdrop, Sigrid’s work content liveliness with lots of movement. This cooperation seems quite obvious and has a very dynamic outcome."
EL CIELO, EL MAR, LA TIERRA, UNA PISCINA Y LA TORMENTA
The sky, the sea, the earth, a swimming pool and the stormA musing through dance & violaIn a creation with Jaime Martinez (Spain) Trailer: El cielo, el mar, la tierra, una piscina y la tormenta
Inspired by the 4 elements combined with the element of ether, this performance of live viola music and Butoh dance presents a laboratory of experimentation.
Through junction and improvisation in an elaborated structure our objective seeks to accomplish a tangible essence by awareness.
The audience enters a white space with the sound of running water in the background. They can see a musician lying on the ground, rotating axially while playing pizzicato.
After, the dancer comes by passing the audience. He drops stones, one by one, as if he reduces his memories and leaves knowledge behind. Totally liberated, he enters the scene and bodily expresses all elements, one by one. His dance exists of fiction & non-fiction.
The climax is expressed by the natural connection of an innocent child, (or someone else from the public) who will offer on a pre-prepared but unexpected moment the symbol of life and love: an apple.
Within this move, everything shifts: the light, the movements and the music.
While the dancer eats the apple, we enter different atmosphere. In other words: while we are merged with the challenge of his action, this gesture calls the hidden place in the heart of our being. This performance invites you to experience, to undergo that moment in which an inner voice can express its right heartbeat.
Coming from different artistic backgrounds and countries, Sigrid and Jaime share their notions about honesty, strength, and beauty. Improvisation and serendipity were their motto in making this performance in July 2015 (Madrid).
THE FIREBIRDa swimming pool playconcept & coaching: Sigrid Keunen
This concept is inspired by my Art Education Project Sigi’s Boat, where children are invited to playfully create music and stories. Within a competent frame of a boat we set off from improvisation. By completion of several offered musical, theatrical and visual elements during the workshops, those self-created musical stories introduce a performance in a synergy with Total Art.
The FIREBIRD was executed on June 26 2016 during the Blue North Music Festival in Olafsjördür in the North of Iceland.
Preparatory workshops have been organized in May during school time in the 3 different schools of the 3 corresponding neighboring towns: Dalvik, Olafsjördür and Siglufjördür.
There I have spent 3 weeks with one hour a week in several classes. The sum of 100 students was between 4 and 13 years old. Those workshops, explanation of the storyboard and its global working process were to challenge the children so they could decide themselves during their holidays to take part in the Swimming Pool Play workshop week at the end of June.
Unfortunately, by the half of June only 9 kids signed up.
Those 9 children acted individually as well in group with lively embodiment and keen enthusiasm throughout the costume-making, dancing their choreography, exclaiming their text, creating music, designing and drawing the setup wall alternated -to relax- by running around their self- made edge of the imagined swimming pool in the sports hall.
I was mainly in charge with all the production issues therefore -when I look back now- I was triggered by how flexible one can be, how to stay solution focused during meetings, how to act compliant onwards the organization and just centre on being open-minded in relation to the children.
In conclusion and due to unforeseen, difficult and last-minute circumstances the kids brought it to a wonderful end: The FIREBIRD became free and all together they sang!
6 MAIN CHARACTERS:
The STORYTELLER / The KING / The ARCHER /The HORSE / The FIREBIRD / The PRINCESS
Dancers in the swimming pool / Musicians near and on the edge of the swimming pool
The kids are getting Key Phrases those idioms will help to express the personality and nature of their character. The rest of the sentence they have to adjust themselves in line with the storyboard,
e.g. the KING: I claim, I want to … the PRINCESS: I would like to…
The STORYTELLER has no Key Phrases but localizations; he or she can complete paragraphs with a concrete content besides the global line of Act 1: sky / horizon / castle of the king -Act 2: castle of the King / horizon / sky -Act 3: horizon / castle of the King / sky.
The following story is the starting point for the Swimming Pool Play, participating kids and artists can modify the libretto any convenient time.
And this story is based on Irina Zheleytova’s version of The Firebird and Princess Vassilissa.
Currently, content and material are appropriate, adequate and suitable to pursue a continuation and implementation of this community project into other places worldwide.
The concept on itself scopes a substantial motive to continue its realization and execution. Consequently I take into account the frame of my initiated concept, wherein a focus on the elaboration of several tasks is requested by the search of dividing the assignments along the collaborating artists and potential production partners.
This way of creating ensures the working process and by its presentation it will engender an equal, beautiful and meaningful outcome where its lively performance or a synergy within the Total Art will shine fully.
HOCUS POCUS, ONCE UPON A TIME…a Storytelling Concert for storyteller, orchestra & wallpaper film
HeyHey!I'm Maggie, the market vendor.Every day I am somewhere. And I sell stories. All kinds of stories. “ Oh ... look! A man with a pointed hat. He is standing in the air castle and waving!With a baton! What would that mean? Oh look at the others: witches with a mask! ”
During the performance, Maggie literally walks through the orchestra and figuratively through the music of Le Carnival des Animaux by Camille Saint-Saëns and L’Apprenti sorcier by Paul Dukas.
And she tells the story of the lovely little witch who wants to fly.
But what do you think about flying with us?
To the air castle. To the universe.
To where you can conjure something?
Hocus Pocus ... Off we go!
And yeah, finally, we land in seventh heaven.
DENTRO POR FUERA, FUERA POR DENTRO
DENTRO POR FUERA, FUERA POR DENTROINSIDE OUT, OUT INSIDEDENTRO POR FUERA, ...
How to (re)write through the eyes, body and spirit of the other.
Dentro por Fuera, Fuera por Dentro confronts the two dancer choreographers with in their different ways of working, thinking, constructing, moving, feeling, perceiving.
Gradually, they bring their expertise and their personal methods, they complement each other, they discover one another.
Or rather they help each other discover who they really are, using their own language, their culture, their own body.
Sigrid Keunen violinist accompanies their movements by his live performance and acoustics.
A common denominator, dance and even desire to encounter improbable.
A duo who kindly pulls us from the palm of our habits.
CHOREOGRAPHY AND INTERPRETATION
Bud Blumenthal et Manuela Nogales
Lehonidas Boskovec / Sigrid Keunen
El Mandaito Producciones & Cie Bud Blumenthal/Hybrid asbl
HEREBYfor viola & shadow
or just a scattering of the moment at the sea side
music, film & editing (2012)
... a tour in which music takes on its own voice as you walk past places and structures
... a journey to the inner fantasy of every spectator
&“The VIA MUSICA guided tour is a challenging project, one that tries to connect different layers: music, history, architecture and our own experiences and knowledge. The question with every guided tour should be how to rediscover the realities we are trying to unearth in a new way. In that sense the project is a beautiful step into a direction that is important for us: less didactic and more empowering, less obvious and more creative. Music becomes the guide in this tour, and we, as its protagonists, have the possibility to engage with it in many different ways; we are invited to make connections between realities we were not aware of. That should be the goal of every artistic project: inviting audiences to become the real designers of their experience.” from José Luis Villalobos (Previous Coordinator Cultural Empowerment De Munt, Brussels)&
Nomination for the Social Art Award in Berlin (05/2017)
By the Institute for Art and Innovation www.art-innovation.org
Vernissage & Book Launch on 5/09/2017 @Whiteconcepts Gallery (Berlin)
Image Design by @AdaDesign
SKIN RESISTANCEfor movement & tapeSKIN RESISTANCE ...
Once upon a time, there was a marionette who moved between reality and the world.
Its acts - to move, shape, fold, bend, dodge, shove, sprint, spurt, slide, flog, turn, whip and confuse - are trapped to the crossbar hovering above.
And upon that time there was another figure, a visual and spatial antagonist. The marionette, carefully balanced with its counterpart, has a life of its own, but can’t undo its cords
Enjoy this performance & sentence in recorded Morse Signs:
I SPEAK SPANISH WITH GOD, ITALIAN TO WOMEN, FRENCH TO MEN & GERMAN WITH MY HORSE -Charles V-
The skin is the outer or visible layer between inside and outside.
The skin is also a communicator, it tells the story of a marionette, or the puppet we are in the world and in our own being.
The other figure, dressed in white behind a white mask, represents a tangible relationship, emphasizing their mutual and reciprocal connection.
This performance serves as a magnifying glass, showing the interpretation of an existing resilience. It questions the available resilience of who we are deep inside and how we move in the world. How haughty can we be without fooling ourselves?
And what about freedom?
Free is a sober state of uninhibitedness from a presented, fixed frame. That frame is made by one's culture, habits or work; because we are part of a specific set, we have a choice how we behave and decide on and find our own way.
In the urge to determine one’s own autonomy: is the other a puppeteer? Or is it a dressed- up reflection? Who is the antagonist? And if there is no hierarchy, are they ambivalent in their interactions?
To become FREE is to confront surface and space.
This performance is a poetic search for freedom based on the following question:
How do we swing into the world like a marionette and how do we deal with ourselves without being a marionette?
The sentence of Charles V is a wink to the human condition, imagining the world we understand. It will be written on the stand holding the crossbar