Choir workshop with artist Marco Godoy
Wednesday 27 March 6.30 pm – 9.15 pm
Thursday 28 March 6.30 pm – 9.15 pm
Great Hall, London Road Campus, University of Reading
27 London Road
London Road Campus
Reading RG1 5AG
This is an open invitation to choristers and singers to take part in an experimental choir workshop led by artist Marco Godoy.
During the two sessions, we would like to sing a new version of the National Anthem, “God Save the Queen”, using the original scores, but singing it in the Polish language, guided by a choir director and an interpreter. Participants should have some experience singing in choirs but no experience with the Polish language is required. Any level of singing is welcome. This will be a relaxed rehearsal, to experiment how far we can go translating the anthem. This is part of ongoing research about national symbols and how these symbols can be revisited.
The sessions will be recorded on video and form part of (Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies, a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices. The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.
Working with Voice – Choirs
The work, which Godoy calls “hacking the national anthem through an act of translation”, is part of his continuous research into the voice and its inherent physical aspects. He believes that what emerges in a choir’s performance can have a transformative capacity for participants and audiences, a counter-power to the way nations and religions have used the human voice throughout history as part of their systems of legitimisation. Godoy’s works attempt to deconstruct current political affairs as a scenography, a ‘theatre of the present’ in which we participate. Rituals of validation through which authority is legitimized are exposed through the use of displacement and camouflage.
Marco Godoy lives in Madrid. His work has recently been exhibited and performed at Matadero Madrid, Centre Georges Pompidou, Liverpool Biennial, Stedelijk Museum ’s-Hertogenbosch, Edinburgh Art Festival, Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Lugar a Dudas in Cali, Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and Whitechapel Gallery in London.
For further information please contact Steph Mitchell at Reading International:
Supported by Artis Grant Programme