Karmina Šilec, conductor and director - author

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Karmina Šilec, conductor and director - author

Karmina Šilec is a conductor and director - author, artistic director of Carmina Slovenica and new music theatre Choregie



Choregie represents two fields: the artistic principle of creation of stage projects, and a specific method of working with ensembles developed by Karmina Šilec.

For many years Karmina Šilec has had an intense focus on performing new music in the context of stage productions. She has developed both the artistic concept and the technique of preparing ensembles to perform in music theatre. 

For many years Karmina Šilec has had an intense focus on performing mostly new music in the context of stage productions. She has developed the artistic concept Choregie. 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. 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; the fusion of all this gives very different semantic directions. The word choregie has got roots in the Greek language where choregs were supposed to be patrons of art, and the idea about developing the Choregie concept draws largely from Greek tragedy, particularly the role of the choir in it. The term "new music"however, refers to the music which represents the very base and the major part of all projects - the music of our times, as well as to the music which is not commonly heard on stages and is thus considered new, such as medieval music, ethnic music or music taken from certain contexts, e.g. sociological or historical.    
With "Choregie - new music theatre" Karmina started to open up new spaces to multi-form music events, and to wider spaces to expression, intensity of experience, communication. It was not about breaking down boundaries between disciplines, it was about putting them next to each other, about coexistence.


More about Choregie:
Choregie Studio: workshop form for performers
Choregie project: artistic concept and staging of the event
Documentary film Placebo, 2016 (in English)
DVD of performances


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