Sun 14.01.18


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Explosive Javanese (noise/punk) duo meets polyphonic choir i.c.w. Europalia

One of the most intense live bands in the world.’
(Red Bull Academy)

One of the most startlingly original acts of recent years.’
(Consequence of Sound)

Anyone who has ever experienced the explosive Javanese duo Senyawa at work, is no doubt reminded of vocal artists Mike Patton or Blixa Bargeld and of an intangible musical impact with a punk streak. This unique duo from Yogyakarta transformed traditional Javanese music through avant garde experiment and a serious injection of punk. Instrumentalist Wukir Suryadi builds his own instruments and frontman/singer Rully Shabara screams/pants /mumbles /sings and impresses with his unbelievable vocal technique.

Patshiva Cie is a 25-member polyphonic female choir that resides in Brussels. At the helm: choir leader Dounia Depoorter and choreographer Fatou Traoré who has French-Malinese roots and earned her stripes with/collaborated with Rosas (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker) and Alain Platel.

At the invitation of EUROPALIA INDONESIA, Senyawa will reside in Les Ateliers Claus for two weeks while the two work there on new material. For the first time, Wukir Suryadi will bring along a series of self-built instruments that the audience can take a closer look at after the show. Highlight will no doubt be the collaboration with polyphonic choir Patshiva Cie.

More info about EUROPALIA INDONESIA here.


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The presence of that choir was not only useless but drove away from the experience, would have rather seen senyawa alone. The whole concert felt watered-down because of this.
Een avond die de verplaatsing van Haacht naar Brussel dubbel en dik waard was!
J'ai beaucoup aimé ce spectacle pour son côté voyage expérimental. Plongée dans un univers unique! J'avais déjà vu des spectacles de Patshiva; j'ai aimé aussi ce spectacle-ci, fruit de la rencontre d'artistes avec des répertoires très différents qui se sont vus peu de fois pour se rejoindre, s'accorder avant leur représentation. Un seul (gros) bémol: le réglage du son, beaucoup trop fort (également -voire encore plus!- pour le premier groupe qui avait "carte blanche"), régulièrement agressant, créant un réel obstacle à l'appréciation du spectacle.
De muziek stond veel te hard! En inderdaad jammer dat het koor slechts een secundaire rol kreeg...
Très bruyant. Ma copine est moi étaient très déçues. On connaissait Patshiva d'une autre soirée ("Uit de bol" au Vlaams Schouwburg), et c'était très différent à ce qu'on s'attendait. La dernière fois, c'était des femmes très fortes. Cette fois-ci, les femmes de Patshiva jouaient le rôle secondaire à côté des hommes hurlants. Pas seulement décevant du point de vue musicale, mais aussi par rapport aux questions de genre. On ne viendra plus.
A very intristing experience, I haven't seen anything like this before. I liked especially the melodic parts. The sound was a bit too loud though, in my opinion.
Powerful and poetic at the same time. A wonderful combination of harmony and disharmony . The performance inspired me a lot.
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