23.07.2022 19.00-20.00

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Palace of Youth and Sports


Astrit Ismaili

LYNX – Astrit Ismaili

MISS, 2020. © Astrit Ismaili. Photo © Alwin Poiana

Astrit Ismaili explores the possibilities of ‘being as becoming’ within the realm of performance. In alter egos, body extensions and wearable musical instruments, they think of, about and through the body: as it transforms and is transformed, as it moves, makes sound and makes contact, as it extends and exceeds itself, reaching out to and touching the other.

In the performance LYNX, the artist works with five newly designed wearable musical instruments. These creaturely “portals of transformation”, as Ismaili calls them, consist of long threads conjoining the performers with metal sculptures and repositories of sound. Here original songs composed by the artist intertwine with a plethora of fragments sourced from art, popular culture and politics.

Both songs and fragments touch upon themes of tradition and violence, restriction and resistance, desire, fear and resilience. The performers activate and interact with the sounds by both pulling the threads with their bodies and using their voices. After the performance, the instruments and sounds are transformed into an installation.

The premiere live performance of LYNX will take place on Saturday the 23rd of July from 19.00-20.00 in the Red Hall of the Palace of Youth and Sports.

Concept, composition, direction, text: Astrit Ismaili ; Sound composition and engineering: Leroy Chaar, with support by Fabian Reichle; Performance, choreography: Astrit Ismaili, Blerta Ismaili, Agnes Nokshiqi, Billy Morgan, Logan Muamba Ndanou; Instrument concept, design and construction: Astrit Ismaili, Mihalis Shammas and Michele Abolaffio ; Garments: Flaka Jahaj ; Light: Annegret Schalke ; Curatorial advice and production: Titus Nouwens ; Development and rehearsal support: Stichting Stokroos and Amarte Fund


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