The United Voices of Banat, a project for personal exploration of the various cultures of Banat, can be seen in Berlin

Through their new project, THE UNIFIED VOICES OF BANAT, the musical theater association TAN-IN طن این, from Berlin, together with the ART & CO association from Bucharest, delve into the life of the Romanian Banat. The approach had in the summer of 2021 a first stage of research in the Banat area, in search of a multicultural dialogue of sound, which would connect and develop a musical vision for a united Europe from a cultural and political point of view. The results of this research have formed a unique audio-video music show, where music, movement and technology will combine with the multiethnic traditions of European cultures in Banat, which on November 27 and 28 can be seen and heard in Berlin and online on the FB page Tan-In طن-این collective music theater.

The area, fascinating as a historically formed multicultural society, able to develop and maintain for a long time the “spirit of Banat” of tolerant coexistence, shows us how cultural diversity can work in a political community – as a vision for Europe.

Sabina Ulubeanu, Claudia van Hasselt and Amen Feizabadi embark on a personal artistic exploration of various cultures in Banat. They challenge the fictitious national concept of an isolated ethno-cultural identity, fabricated in Central Europe in the 19th century, as an anti-Community construction and, following this challenge, create an artistic perspective on the diversity lived both across borders, as well as within society.

“How much do cultural and interpersonal openness limit our concepts and definitions? We met and accompanied many Banat ethnic communities and we were surprised by their tenderness, deep belief and love for their tradition. Banater Geist, who is above all, places each community in a diverse cultural context and puts our vision on the concept of tradition and identity in perspective: not living the tradition and its ethical aspects are problematic, but claiming the uniqueness of a culture. When a culture isolates itself, it positions itself as the dominant majority and legitimizes this by constructing a fictitious ethnicity. “, He says Claudia van Hasselt, the initiator of the project.

Dramaturgy shoulders the overlapping, iridescent layers of cultural coexistence. The kaleidoscopic and fluid structure of the whole combines interviews with effervescent testimonies of the musical life of Banat, as well as with original musical compositions and improvisation scenes, free or guided by the three artists.

The musical ensemble is an international one, and the instrumentation used is both classical and traditional. The performers are distinguished by a special versatility, being familiar with both contemporary academic music and alternative open formats and free improvisation.

Conceived as a plea for a humanistic understanding of cultural identity, far from ethno-identity constructions, THE UNIFIED VOICES OF BANAT focuses on the intimate transnational understanding of the united cultures of Banat and questions the concept of demarcation of national borders.

“It is said that the past is the most present time. Memory and time are the primordial atoms of human existence and of any artistic expression. So is this performance of ‘musik-theater’, which eludes physical time, stretching its limits. The emotional voices of some Aromanian and German families, who tell heavy stories during the deportation to Bărăgan or Russia, the Czechs, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Roma , Serbs and Romanians who told us about resilience through oral culture, education and work, inspired us to recompose the ancestral time of traditional music through contemporary means.By prologue, seven main scenes, interludes and coda, the layers of the composition reveal, one one by one, a cascade of emotions possible only when several generations live in the same soul – the Banat we took with us. ”, he says Sabina Ulubeanu.

The United Voices of Banat is a cultural project initiated by mezzo-soprano artist Claudia van Hasselt, together with Sabina Ulubeanu (Artistic Director of the InnerSound New Arts Festival and music critic of the “George Enescu” International Festival) and the composer Amen Feizabadi. The project is organized in Romania by the Art & Co Association, together with Romanian and German musicians from Berlin, with musicians and singers from Banat, with the Romanian film company Wearebasca and the Collective music theater TAN-IN طن-این.

Artistic directors and conception:
Sabina Ulubeanu // Claudia van Hasselt // Amen Feizabadi
Idea – Claudia van Hasselt
Composition – Sabina Ulubeanu // Amen Feizabadi
Traditional voice / improvisation – Paula Țurcaș
Mezzo / voice / improvisation – Claudia van Hasselt
Violin / improvisation – Biliana Voutchkova
Clarinets / whistles / improvisation – Mihai Pintenaru
Rubāb/iimprovizație – Amen Feizabadi
Live electronics/printing – Korhan Erel
Film – Wearebasca/Toma Hurduc// Claudia van Hasselt // Amen Feizabadi // Sabina Ulubeanu
Sound performances Berlin – Jonathan Richter
Streaming –

Project carried out with the support of the Goethe Institut through the International Co-Production Fund
Co-finanțatori: IMPACT – Berlin Senate
Danube Swabian Central Museum Ulm / BKM
Powered by: George- BCR Romania
Partners: ARCUB, Spreehalle Berlin, Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania, Meta Space, Meridian Festival
Media partners: Radio Guerrilla, AGERPRES, Catavencii, Spotmedia, IQads, Days and Nights, Romania Journal, A music site, PRwave, Iqool, 4arte

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