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Karmina Šilec

Karmina Šilec is a world known conductor, author of music theatre projects and artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and Choregie.

Choregie artistic concept

Theatre of Voices or Vocal Theatre
Multi-Disciplinary Art Form
Innovative Programming

The basic elements of the Choregie concept are: music which refers to other fields, or music which reacts to other fields of art, vocal music in creative freedom, new spaces of expression in the world of music and theatre, stylistically and thematically researched projects.


Choregie is a performance in the 'no-man's-world' – a world that is not a world of music, nor drama or dance; it is a scenic adventure.

Choregie focuses on the creation process that brings the musical notion of composing to the theatrical aspects of performing and staging. In Choregie a ‘meta composition’ is created by positioning different music materials into a bigger composition. Treatment of voice, movement, light, image, sound, gesture and other elements of theatrical production is mostly based on musical principles and compositional techniques, and so musical thinking applies to the performance as a whole. Different elements in the performance merge into one (movement, singing, word, visual), all means are used either in a balance or in favour of one; a fusion of all this gives very different semantic directions. Inside this field a dialogue starts between the sound and the space, between the space and the performers, between the performers and the audience, between the audience and the sound. Sound and image carry different meanings and with this coexistence a third meaning can be achieved. In such a creative process we are interested most in the things that do not only have an unambiguous meaning. Sometimes we simply don’t want to narrow down a text (either music or words) to one meaning only. It seems exciting to allow the familiar (or unfamiliar) materials, on which a Choregie project is built, the possibility to discover in them always and again new perspectives, various levels and even layers. Such exploring always becomes an open process. The music itself becomes interesting also in other ways as it gets references in a non-musical world. The basic disposition of Choregie is music which refers to other fields, music which reacts to other fields.  

What is also interesting in the Choregie concept is the vocal exploration being carried out by the singers. The working process could be called a Voice Laboratorium or even better a Voice Exploratorium; voice is namely in the center of research. In the performance the voice is impersonated and becomes an independent manifestation, a personality or personalities. At the same time the voice becomes, embodies, transforms into a completely different character, a different spirit. It has a direct link to the whole specter of emotions. A psychoanalytical language of sounds is built, as the sounds create a ‘sound landscape’ which controls the theatre or concert stage. By following innovations in terms of comprehending beauty and the depth of the meaning of vocal music, our projects represent a rich presentation of various sound colors.

Each new project is an expedition into the field of the unknown and the unexplored. Artistically, we parallel different types of music and various musical eras; by merging the ethnic, the early and the contemporary we try to create new, exciting musical contexts.

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