The composition is based not only on poems and texts by surrealist poets, but also on texts by autists. At the beginning there is an almost inaudible moment. Breathing noises mix with amorphous sounds; isolated, autistic sounds soon develop into texts; singing emerges from sound structures of the voice stripped of all grammar and semantics. In the dramatic change from phonetic reduction to complex sound, Autland thematizes the speechlessness that arises from the feeling of isolation and powerlessness of the individual, and the struggle to overcome it. The composition is based not only on poems and texts by surrealist poets, but also on texts by autists. In an attempt to locate themselves in the confusing world, they use a visually powerful language that the composition encounters with its own dynamism and drama. At the centre is the canon Deo Gratias (1497) by Johann Ockeghem, edited by Titus Engel for 24 voices, a polyphonic sound cathedral for the praise of God. Here the artificial, infinite polyphony leads to dizzying spheres and – in the combination of all voices – the order of the canon ad absurdum. From the canon principle Sergej Newski develops his very own order and language system.
Conductor: Titus Engel
Director: Beate Baron
Soloists VocaalLAB: Kaoli Isshiki, Bauwien van der Meer, Elsbeth Gerritsen, Gunnar Brandt-Sigurdsson, Arnout Lems, Hugo Oliveira