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Listen and experiment with sounds

Review by Ferran Baile

We get out of the nest and start experimenting. We put ourselves to the test. The first thing that catches our eye are the sounds. We listen and experiment with our own sounds. We play with them and play with what we see and touch. We give it movement and we are amazed at the behavior of each body element. Before the movement is the sound and incorporating the movement we ensamble sound and movement. Early childhood is a continuous experiment. They are big eyes that look at what surrounds us and above all a self-discovery.
Kl´aa, your song, is a sonic, plastic and playful delight that plays from the simplest phonetics, using monosyllables of the Central African language hadzabe to stimulate the inner music of each one. An experiment that does the same for children, who do it instinctively, than for adults who can do it consciously.
“The monosyllables we use have been taken from recordings we have been making for 2 and 3 year old boys and girls while they are playing. Those sounds that are not learned songs, if not what came out of them, what they are improvising ", they tell us about the work methodology they have followed in the search for the sounds," yes there are a couple of African themes because we also wanted to go back to the origins of humanity and because we thought that ontogeny reproduces phylogeny, especially in the first 3 years of life, and it seemed to us that boys and girls would feel closer to these sounds than not others ”.
At the beginning of the show, a giant nest, some giant eggs. Esther Westermeyer, Laia Piró and Neus Umbert, the three child actresses, open their eyes to their surroundings and play and interact and discover the sounds, their own sounds. The giant nest sits up and shows a number of mutant possibilities that actresses play with. Magnificent scenography by Martí Doy (notable set designer and puppeteer).
A show that invites the serene contemplation of what is happening on stage and that stimulates the experimentation of what is happening in oneself. Esther Westermeyer, creator of Inspìra Teatre, has entrusted the direction of the production to another specialist in children's shows, the dancer and choreographer Claudia Moreso (director and animator of the company Nats Nus Nens, now Mons Dansa).
The composition and musical direction is by the singer and music therapist Viv Manning (member of the remembered group Stupendams). A cappella phonemes that come together harmoniously, percussion using the body itself. Alex Cabrer's sound environment that evokes African landscapes and in tune with a nuanced lighting design by Guillem Bonfill, also a sound and lighting technician in each performance.
This show premiered at the Sant Andreu Teatre in the autumn of 2019 and won the Best Show for Early Childhood Award at Feten (European Performing Arts Fair for Boys and Girls) in February 2020. After the obligatory absence of the stages due to the limitations due to the Covid, he has started a continuous tour of the Civic Centers of Barcelona (Barcelona Cultural District), and of various towns in Catalonia.

Inspira Teatre, ten years of remarkable shows.

Esther Westermeyer, created Inspira Theater in 2011, just ten years ago. All his shows stand out for the rich plasticity and the careful conjunction of the voices, special attention to a cappella music, music, theater and puppets. The excellent, Gong !, the story of the dragon Mina-Li, was the show in which they began, a magnificent theatrical journey, which continued with El cel de Jo-Jó (2013-14), Dibi Dubi Dubà (2016) and L´ornet want to sing (2018). With Kl´aa, your song, is the first time they have addressed themselves in early childhood.
Esther Westermeyer has a postgraduate degree from the University of Barcelona in psychodrama and psychotherapy and a degree in piano teaching from the Barcelona Municipal Conservatory of Music, where she has also studied choral conducting. She works as an actress, singer and music educator. He has been part of various musical groups, most notably her participation with the group Delikatessen, a cappella music.

Text: ferranbaile@gmail.com
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