CODES OF ABSENCE

THEATER IM DEPOT, DORTMUND

2023

EN

Codes of Absence brings musician Nico Yurgaki on stage and takes us with him on a personal vigil, that has its point of departure in Nico´s experiences of migrating into the EU from Colombia. These experiences were often dominated by feelings of saudade and the absence of loved ones. So during the performance, he invites his mother, Bertha Ouinthero, who founded the first female Salsa Ensemble in Colombia, to improvise live music with him -by using the technology of an Internet call.
During these improvisations, they emerge on an intimate conversation that discusses topics like motherhood, rebellion against patriarchy, masculinity, love – and the feeling of absence in a seemingly globally connected world.

The structure of their musical improvisations is grounded in the concept of the five Claves (translated into English as Codes) in Colombian/Pacific and Caribbean music.
These five codes are rhythmic patterns that are present in many music pieces played in Columbia. They have come into existence through hundreds of years of interweaving different musical cultures across the Latin/Afro/Caribbean realm. Thus turning these patterns into a symbol for the unstableness of identity- and its transgression.

 

ES

“Codes of Absence” trae al escenario al músico Nico Yurgaki y nos lleva con él en una vigilia personal, que tiene su punto de partida en las experiencias de Nico al emigrar a la UE desde Colombia. Estas experiencias estuvieron a menudo dominadas por sentimientos de desarraigo y la ausencia de seres queridos. Por eso, durante la actuación, invita a su madre, Bertha Ouinthero, fundadora del primer conjunto femenino de salsa de Colombia, a improvisar música en directo con él, utilizando la tecnología de una llamada por Internet.
Durante estas improvisaciones, entablan una conversación íntima en la que discuten temas como la maternidad, la rebelión contra el patriarcado, la masculinidad, el amor – y el sentimiento de ausencia en un mundo en apariencia globalmente conectado.

La estructura de sus improvisaciones musicales se basa en el concepto de las cinco Claves de la música colombiana/pacífica y caribeña.
Estos cinco códigos son patrones rítmicos que están presentes en muchas piezas musicales interpretadas en Colombia. Han surgido a lo largo de cientos de años de entrelazamiento de diferentes culturas musicales en el ámbito latino, afro y caribeño. Así, estos patrones se han convertido en un símbolo de la inestabilidad de la identidad y su transgresión.

IT

Codes of Absence porta sul palco il musicista Nico Yurgaki e ci accompagna in una veglia personale che ha il suo punto di partenza nelle esperienze di migrazione nell’UE dalla Colombia. Queste esperienze sono state spesso dominate dal sentimento di saudade e dall’assenza dei propri cari. Così, durante lo spettacolo, invita sua madre, Bertha Ouinthero, che ha fondato il primo ensemble femminile di salsa in Colombia, a improvvisare musica dal vivo con lui – utilizzando la tecnologia di una chiamata via Internet.
Durante queste improvvisazioni, emerge una conversazione intima che discute temi come la maternità, la ribellione contro il patriarcato, la mascolinità, l’amore – e la sensazione di assenza in un mondo apparentemente connesso a livello globale.

La struttura delle loro improvvisazioni musicali si basa sul concetto delle cinque Claves (tradotto in inglese come Codes) nella musica colombiana/pacifica e caraibica.
Questi cinque codici sono schemi ritmici presenti in molti brani musicali suonati in Colombia. Sono nati da centinaia di anni di intrecci tra le diverse culture musicali del mondo latino/afro/caraibico. In questo modo, questi schemi sono diventati un simbolo dell’instabilità dell’identità e della sua trasgressione.

Idea and creation:

Cistifellea Collective

 

Text, sound, and performer:

Nico Yurgaki

 

Co-Staging, technology:

Elena Tilli

 

Dramaturgy, Co-Staging:

Kai Tuchmann

 

With:

Bertha Quintero

 

Performing guidance:

Cornelia Moore

 

Partners of research phase I:

Cesar René Perez, Pablo Vera Rivas

 

Partners of research phase II:

Soledad Figueroa, Cristian Aaros

 

Sound technician:

Frederick Aderholz

 

Executive producer:

Victor Zapata

 

Sound/video technical

support in Bogota:

Juliana Botero, Johnatan Edery

 

Graphic Design:

Maria Taborda

 

Photo:

Jonathan Zipfel

 

Coproduction:

Theater Im Depot, Cistifellea Collective

 

Duration

ca. 50 minutes

Idea y creación:

Colectivo Cistifellea

 

Texto, sonido e intérprete:

Nico Yurgaki

 

Co-dirección, tecnología:

Elena Tilli

 

Dramaturgia, co-dirección:

Kai Tuchmann

 

Con:

Bertha Quintero

 

Orientación escénica:

Cornelia Moore

 

Colaboradores de la primera

fase de investigación:

César René Pérez, Pablo Vera Rivas

 

Colaboradores de la segunda

fase de investigación:

Soledad Figueroa, Cristian Aaros

 

Técnico de sonido:

Frederick Aderholz

 

Productor ejecutivo:

Víctor Zapata

 

Apoyo técnico de

sonido/vídeo en Bogotá:

Juliana Botero, Johnatan Edery

 

Diseño gráfico:

María Taborda

 

Fotografía:

Jonathan Zipfel

 

Coproducción:

Teatro Im Depot, Colectivo Cistifellea

 

Duración:

aprox. 50 minutos

Ideazione e creazione:

Colectivo Cistifellea

 

Testo, suono e interprete:

Nico Yurgaki

 

Co-regia, tecnologia:

Elena Tilli

 

Drammaturgia, co-regia:

Kai Tuchmann

 

Con:

Bertha Quintero

 

Aiuto scenico:

Cornelia Moore

 

Collaboratori della

prima fase di ricerca:

César René Pérez, Pablo Vera Rivas

 

Collaboratori della

seconda fase di ricerca:

Soledad Figueroa, Cristian Aaros

 

Tecnico del suono:

Frederick Aderholz

 

Produttore esecutivo:

Víctor Zapata

 

Supporto tecnico

audio/video a Bogotá:

Juliana Botero, Johnatan Edery

 

Disegno grafico:

María Taborda

 

Fotografia:

Jonathan Zipfel

 

Coproduzione:

Teatre Im Depot, Colectivo Cistifellea

 

Durata:

circa 50 minuti

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NICOLAS CRISTANCHO

Composer, pianist, guitarist and percussionist specialized in Jazz and Afro-Caribbean music. Creator of soundtracks for audiovisuals and performing arts.
Song writer.
Double degree in Jazz Piano from the Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá, Colombia and the Escuela Superior de Música de Catauña, Spain.

Nicolás is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the director and stage designer Elena Tilli, in which he works as a sound designer, performer, and writer. His practice of improvisation and his capability to connect directly with the performers in real-time offers unique possibilities to the process. He also loves to experiment with what the participation of the public can offer to sound by developing specific tools for interaction and building custom-based small-scale instruments. By using software and electronic sounds, together with live played instruments, Nicolas allows himself a fullscale exploration that together with his wide versatility as a musician and composer, opens up a high level of complexity that translates into a beautiful, inspiring and sometimes provocative experience for the public.

Nicolas is also a singer-songwriter, leader, and manager of the independent musical project Yurgaki since 2005.

Composer and co-producer of the projects Candombe Tierra, Sones de Marimba, Chonta Dura, in Barcelona.
His work has been presented internationally in countries such as Ecuador, United States, France, Italy, Croatia, Romania, Ecuador, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Colombia and Spain.
Nicolás also works as an educator for children, youth and adults. He promotes Afro-Caribbean music around the world through concerts and workshops where he spreads various musical genres, disseminating traditional music and transforming it through his own compositions.

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ELENA TILLI

Elena is a multidisciplinary artist.

She insists on the body as the epicenter of scenic language while creating experiences for the spectator.

Elena is the co-founder of the Cistifellea Collective together with the musician Nicolas Cristancho, in which she directs, and builds scenery, machines, and media design. She is also a video designer in the theater and her collaborations have been seen at The Kitchen Theater in New York, at the Barichstaadt Opera in Munich, and in public theaters in Barcelona.

After graduating in mechanical engineering (MA), Elena completed her education at Yale School of Drama studying Technical Design and Production and Design for Theater. She completed the three years program held by Claudia Castellucci at Scuola Conia Raffaello Sanzio focused on the Theory of Scenic Representation.

Elena creates visual experiences combining elements of video, sound, and light for a variety of artistic applications. Her practice merges the research of the surrounding elements combined with curated improvisation to find new possibilities throughout the process, always guided by the commitment to find in the collaboration a unique and essential value.

In 2022 she received a scholarship from Daku, Berlin. She holds a scholarship from the Favoriten Festival (2022), Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Beyond Gravity project of Theater Im Depot, Dortmund. She is a fellow of the Digital Body program at the studio Lake Studios Berlin. In 2021 she receives a scholarship from the Akademie für Theater und Digitalität, Dortmund.
In 2019, Elena received the residency offered by Troikatronix-Isadora and LakeStudio Berlin. During this time she created the short piece Ex Matrice Corpora.

With Cistifellea she directed the shows A&D Presence of Absent (2022), Don’t Make it A Play (2022), Asuntos Humanos (2021), Todo Bien Todo Tranqui (2021) El Silencio no Existe (2020).

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