The Poets‘ Sounds will tour Europe from June 2022.

© Sina Lynn Sachse

Literary Speech Concert – The Programme

The programme of the evening is divided into two parts: the speech-music performance is the highlight and will form the second part of the evening. The first part will feature the authors themselves reading their texts. One of the strengths of the pieces created in the project is the way they capture and present different linguistic and non-linguistic phenomena. These pieces are living literature, whose interpretation on stage engages multiple senses at the same time. For most of the authors, writing a text for three voices and finding a notation for it was something entirely new. It was precisely this challenge that made artistic innovation possible for Tone Avenstroup (Norway), Eduard Escoffet (Spain/Catalonia), Katalin Ladik (Hungary), Morten Søndergaard (Denmark), Miia Toivio (Finland) and Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck (Switzerland). What they have in common is transdisciplinarity and multilingualism, which is also reflected in the pieces: Mare Monstrum (German, English, Norwegian), Ode to the Walking Class (German, English, French, Italian, Catalan), Drei Eier (German, Serbian, Hungarian), They (Danish, German, English, Finnish, Italian), Rakas Hupsu (German, Finnish), ricochet rikoschett (German, English, Italian).

Download the program booklet here.

The Pieces

A group of authors with differing artistic backgrounds and emphases (literature, performance, theatre, visual art) all working under the same formal guidelines led to varied and highly distinctive results. The spectrum of the pieces is broad. They encompass strong political topics, for example the passage of refugees across the Mediterranean by boat (Mare Mostrum) and global migration patterns (Ode to the Walking Class). They also contain representations of echo (ricochet rikoschett), a spoken word piece focusing on phonetic-gestural qualities (Rakas Hupsu) and conclude with a reflection on pronouns as a socially charged topic (They) and an absurd and amusing performance piece (Drei Eier).

The Poets‘ Sounds will tour Europe from June 2022:

11 June 2022: Premiere at Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin (DE)
Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstraße 12, 10117 Berlin. Entry free (tickets available here)
Livestream available here.

12 June 2022: Loft, Köln (DE)
LOFT, Wissmannstraße 30, 50823 Köln. No pre-sale online, entry at the venue.
Livestream available here.

19 June 2022: KROKODIL-Literaturfestival, Belgrad (RS)
Center for Cultural Decontamination, Birčaninova 21, 11000 Belgrad
Livestream available here.

9 July 2022: FORUM STADTPARK, Graz (AT)
Forum Stadtpark, Stadtpark 1, 8010 Graz
Livestream available here.

11 July 2022: Hausacher LeseLenz, Hausach (DE)
Stadthalle Hausach, Gustav-Rivinius-Platz 3, 77756 Hausach
Livestream available here.

24 August 2022: POETRY MOON-Literature Festival, Helsinki (FI)
Tiivistämo, Sörnäisten rantatie 22, 00350 Helsinki
Livestream available here.

25 September 2022: SARDAM-Literature Festival, Limassol (CY)
Art Studio 55, Andrea Drousioti 23A, Limassol

Entry to all events is free.