Photo: Sandrick Mathurin
With the dim lighting, the soothing music, the light smoke and the sweet smell of a coniferous tree, not to mention the herbal tea that is comforting, the context has certainly the viewer to introspection.
After the solo Gloria, ” opera immersive multimedia combines song, theatre, electronic music and video “, Mykalle Bielinski is back with a part of the group, a quintet which “sings the echo of his fears, and aspirations faced with the prospect of death” : Myth. With Florence Blain Mbaye, Elizabeth Lima, Émilie Monnet and Laurence Dauphinais — captivating women’s choir — the creative chants poems and prayers, sings songs of healing and affirmation, invites contemplation and meditation.
After a stint at the OFFTA in 2018, and an appearance recently at the mois Multi in Quebec city, the creation of multimedia and multi-sensory, immersive and inclusive, is presented these days to be free Space. Freed of his coat and his boots, the spectator is invited to sit on the floor, a large white surface and soft, dotted cushions, a landscape of pristine, cut by large pieces of wood that provide support. With the dim lighting, the soothing music, the light smoke and the sweet smell of a coniferous tree, not to mention the herbal tea that is comforting, the context has certainly the viewer to introspection.
Worn by gorgeous vocal polyphony, chants, improvised or inspired by the Bulgarian traditions, delivered a cappella or accompanied by an organ, solemn, the show — a sixty-minute that we are proposing to dedicate to the memory of a disappeared, registering its name on a piece of paper — is a generator of chills, a spiritual journey, sacred, and often poignant, a return to sources and a hymn to the vitality of the female. We reflect upon the meaning of life and death, our beliefs and aspirations, in other words, what leads us up every morning.
Unfortunately, the coherence of the musical dimension not found in the drama. The ritual that runs under our eyes is certainly intriguing, but it is also mysterious, sometimes even abstruse. It is that the quilt of words, spoken or sung, clamés or chanted, in both English and French, ranging, very broad. You quote Eckhart Tolle, Mircea Eliade, and Hildegard Von Bingen. It draws from different mythologies, that they are oriental, Greek, aboriginal, or biblical. We intertwine the pure sciences, human, and cognitive. At the heart of this confusing profusion, in sum, it is up to the viewer to make his way, to find his awakening and his appeasement.
Music, text and staging : Mykalle Bielinski. A production of The Greenhouse – arts. To free Space until 16 February.