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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.


CS Light

We have a need of a soothing story.

Tones are condensed, coloured and given a chance to float. We listen to where the sound will turn, how much time it will need to fall and where the turning point before the new ascent will be. It cannot be done without an empathy strained will. This will holds attention and anticipates the consequences that the sound itself does not have. A tone looks for soulmates, builds a community that needs to be heard and felt.  Elegance and magic, reaching with their repetitiveness for the threshold of the etheric.

Photo gallery

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: David Orešič

Photo: David Orešič

Photo: David Orešič

Photo: David Orešič

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

Photo: Dejan Bulut

About the project

Stage performance

The project CS Light was created to experiment with voices, percussion instruments, body movements and different feelings while performing and listening to musical expressions of the present − minimalist music, the odd relationship between the subversive and the classic.
The time of short stories. CS Light examines the relationship between eastern meditativeness and ascetic aesthetics on the one side, and repetitiveness as a synonym for the mass consumption in environments with lives of abundance on the other. The recurring music and movement structures follow calculating repetitive structures of advertising schemes, their hypnotic aesthetic effect resembling the repetitiveness of long shelves filled with the same products in large shopping centres.
A seeming simplicity of monolithic recurring elements includes richly developed patterns at the core which are actually far more complex than they look.  

 Music: Thomas Jennefelt, Karin Rehnqvist, Bronius Kutavičius, Tellu Turka, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Phillip Glass

Performerd by:
Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovenica
STOP, Slovenian Percussion Project
Ensemble ¡Kebatola!

Concept: Karmina Šilec
Light: David Orešič
Set: Branko Hojnik
Choreography: Tina Dobaj
Costumes: Belinda Radulović, Gordana Gašperin
Premiere: 2007, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana

 

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Press

… unmistakably filling the air with hypnotic magic… a spectacle of musical and visual perfection… a demonstration of impeccable technique and brilliance… a coherent and harmonious performance…... another proof of the world format ...
... parade of vocal virtuosity, brilliant transitions from one linguistic, rhythmic and mood modus into the other …
... full and vital performance ...
... opening up new cultural as well as general civilisation horizons ...
Delo

… masters of complex rhythms, fine tuning in both tonal and dissonant repertoire, extended vocal techniques, dynamic variety, dance and gesture, and expressive communication…
San Francisco Classical Voice

… ritual of dimmed light … "deviation" from set practice of vocal instrumental ensembles … a vocal institution performing some sort of a function of joining trends and current movements... vocal totality clearly present … performing discipline and dynamic contrasting …
... daring, modern repertoire, without a scent of the populist ...
... a passionate journey through the history of music, experimentation with sound, vocal technique, movement, even light ...
Večer

… a carefully considered choice of repertoire, always round-up into a narrative whole…
… Šilec provided the much needed musical information …
… Šilec’s choir is always stunning, this time in its absolute concentration and condition…
… brilliant execution of Feldman’s piece Three Voices stood out … incredible concentration of soloist of the ensemble !Kebataola!...
Dnevnik

… goals are high, artistic, full of passion …
… wholeness of the event: the body is an instrument as a whole, movement is an extension of the tone, dramaturgy resembles a ritual … an outstanding parallel of modern consumerism with artistic creations of minimalism …
… going back to the roots, to the foundations of music expression … to the core of vocal archetype … lots of synergy and music extensions …
Primorske novice

… a boom of scenic elements … determination of interlaced voices which have – a bold gesture – poked into a modern repertoire …
… a relationship established between the modern and the archaic, between the speed of contemporary daily routine and the enigmatic character of the ancient mythological world …
… CS performs sovereignly the "rapt" compositions …
… scenic element spacious and ascetic … 
… seeping into scenic art represents a novelty in the music sphere in Slovenia and the world …
Delo

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