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We stand in a meadow.
The sleepy swaying to and fro of the grass lures us into a planted itinerary in motion. As we make our way along this undulating footpath, we come across an expanse of plants, bathed in changing colours and light. Here the rural outing suggests the lightness of spring, there the generosity of summer and yonder the mildness of autumn.
A breathing structure, rising up from the soil, whose arch seems eroded, sculpted, by the breeze, provides a space in which visitors can experience new sensations. From the damp earth to the gentle darkness, the senses of smell, touch and hearing are called on in an altogether extraordinary way.
An unprecedented concert awaits in the centre of the arch.
Are the sounds animal? Plant? Aquatic? Mineral? A series of receptors dotted about the garden pick up the sounds of the grass and prick visitors’ ears up to its gentle melody.
A grass song fills our ears.
As we leave this musical chamber, our ears still ringing with the phonic exploration of this meadow, our awareness of the actual space around us will be heightened. This experience inspires a deeper, closer contemplation of the landscape. Our imagination will be sparked.

Garm(in)ophone can currently (ending 20.Oct.2013) be seen at International Gardens Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire, France. 


Lotte van den Berg

Lotte van den Berg

Lotte van den Berg is a Dutch director who has become one of the most important protagonists of her generation, making theatre that is radically entrenched in its social setting. Her productions include Het Blauwe uur, Gerucht, Braakland and Les Specateurs. Many of them are about looking, about real-life experiences and, often, about the difficulty of understanding. She turns reality on its head so that we start to see things differently, or to start look differently. She gave up her position as a director at Toneelhuis Antwerp in Belgium to start OMSK, her own company in the small city of Dordrecht in the Netherlands, where she began by involving her immediate surroundings and at the same time, working for several months in Kinshasa, the capital of Congo. Now, Lotte is about to reinvent herself again in Utrecht as one of the resident artists at Huis aan de Werf. Her most recent work Pleinvrees will be created in the open: ‘Pleinvrees [agrophobia] will be performed on a big square in the centre of town and it will look nothing like anything you’ve ever seen in a performance before. There’s no set, no lighting design, no amplified sound and no seating. Pleinvrees is a happening, a remarkable encounter between people.’

SharedSpace:  Zlomvaz, Prague 2012 (Workshopleader)

Julian Hetzel

Julian Hetzel

Julian Hetzel is born in the Black Forest. He lives and works in Amsterdam and Leipzig.
He studied visual arts at Bauhaus University Weimar with a focus on audio-visual and time-based formats. He is founding member of the electro-pop band »Pentatones«. He realizes works in the field of performance and visual arts, which often have a political dimension and a documentary approach. Modes of perception and phenomenas of daily life are of central interest for his examinations. He attempts and develops forms and formats which are inherent to the subject – mostly along the trinity of Music, Media and Theater. He currently holds a residency for artistic research in new forms of performing arts & theatre at DasArts in Amsterdam.

SharedSpace:  Zlomvaz, Prague  2012 (Workshopleader);  Layering Reality: The Right to Mask, Prague 2013 (Convener)