1: Songs

1: Songs

Nicole Beutler Projects

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1: SONGS is part of Nicole Beutler Collection: a four-day overview and anniversary festival around the work of theatre maker and choreographer Nicole Beutler. Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and Theater Frascati present highlights from ten years of Nicole Beutler Projects. Discover the cross-border performances of this unsurpassed 'visual artist in the theatre'.

'A solo concert performance by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti' ★★★★ de Volkskrant

For over ten years, the prize winning ‘solo concert’ 1: SONGS has been travelling the world. After more than 100 performances it can rightfully be called a Beutler Classic. Performer Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti surrenders her voice to the intense words of tragic female figures from the history of theatre, figures such as Antigone, Medea, Ophelia and Gretchen. The suffering of the fictional heroines (and anti-heroines) repeatedly enters her very being as she sings, shouts and speaks – she is fragile, raw, calculating and emotional. But who is speaking here? And do the dramatic references from the past resonate in the here and now? The symbiosis of contemporary electronic music composed by Gary Shepherd and texts from the literary canon forms the basis for a subtle but loud scream against the instability and the incalculable incalculability of our existence in eleven contemporary songs.

In 2010 Nicole Beutler received the prestigious VSCD-Mimeprice for 1: SONGS. The piece was also selected by the jury of the flemish Theaterfestival as one of the best performances of the season 2009/2010 and was performed during the Dutch Theaterfestival in 2010. 1: SONGS won the Silver Award for Best Performance (Special Jury Award) in The International Festival of Liberal Theater 2012, Amman, Jordan.

"Stimulating, seductive, serene, introspective meditative and suddenly very dangerous and rock & roll."  VSCD Mimejury

Nicole Beutler reworked masterfully the ancient eros-thanatos theme to its own contemporary language. She blurs thus the original setting of the past and these women become approachable beings from now.” Urbanmag.be

There is a human message woven into the texts which they put on music: man and woman, of any origin, religion, we should be equal and should treat each other that way.” Concertnews.be

It seemed less that the song was a representation of the character, and more as if she was mediating through Ibelisse. She had me from the first line.” Juncture.com

1: SONGS is a performance by Nicole Beutler, created in collaboration with performer / theatre maker Sanja Mitrovic. Performed by Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti since 2011.

music Gary Shepherd videomachas video Minna Tiikkainen lighting design Magne van den Berg text advice and artistic assistance Jessica Helbach costume Igor Dobricic dramaturgic advice Giulio d’Anna rehearsal director Aleksandar Grujic music advice Martin Kaffarnik technician Valentijn Berhout with the support of PACT Zollverein Essen, Frascati, XOVER Sound System K Array, Raul Mini coproduction Nicole Beutler Projects & Beursschouwburg Brussel


55 minuten

To be combined with the exact position of things.


Join the aftertalk on Saturday 16th after 1:SONGS with Nicole Beutler and her artistic team, composer Gary Shepherd, comstume designer Jessica Helbach and dancers Hillary Blake Firestone and Marjolein Vogels..