Stimulating creative interaction
One of our goals is to actively stimulate inter-disciplinary collaboration between the choir, our composer, and creatives from a large scope of art diciplines. Have a look at some of our collaborative work, ranging from video collaborations, works for dance, visual art, and the choir featuring on various albums by stunning international artists.
COLLABORATION: IHAB DARWISH
ABU DHABI FESTIVAL 2021 - HEKAYAT
We are so thrilled to be collaborating with the composer from the UAE, Ihab Darwish on his new album and virtual concert, #Hekayat. What an honor it was to record with a small ensemble from Vox Chamber Choir. The virtual concert will be part of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Festival
and the album will be released by
,Edyta Krzemień and many more.
VIRTUAL WORLD PREMIERE OF HEKAYAT
SYMPHONIC TALES BY IHAB DARWISH
Vox Chamber Choir and Franco Prinsloo are proud to collaborate with composer Ihab Darwish on his new album and virtual concert in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Festival.
Hekayat: Symphonic Tales will traverse the globe in 13 compositions played by 128 musicians in 20 countries, capturing the musical traditions and cultures of every continent. Making history as the first performance of its kind by an Emirati artist, the event is a marvel of technological sophistication, with performers recorded separately in their countries and appearing together as one orchestra on the stage of Abu Dhabi’s luxurious Emirates Palace Auditorium.
THE ART OF MOVEMENT
A Film by Willem van den Heever
Filmmaker, Willem van den Heever reacts to Franco Prinsloo's Jonah’s Prayer, capturing an expressive dance by Marguerite Wolfaardt where escape from a place of dark confinement opens up into a place where mind and soul can roam freely in his work titled “The Art of Movement”.
Willem writes: "Expressionist dance started as a protest against the artistic stagnation of classical ballet and towards maturity of the future of art in general – an objection to the tightly held and conventional form of dance. This is the story of a dancer (Marguerite Wolfaardt) who uses expressionist dance as her form of art, to not just express herself, but for a moment in time escape this world to a place where mind and soul can roam free."
Song by Opera Tenor Paul Bester
It was an absolute pleasure to records choral parts for the wonderfully talented Opera Singer, Paul Bester. Paul is a South African singer, now living in Duai. Listen to his first single, "Clouds" featuring the voices of the Vox Chamber Choir.
PRAYER TO THE YOUNG MOON
A deep connection
Prayer to the young moon is a collaborative video piece between composer Franco Prinsloo, visual artist Sonya Rademeyer and the Vox Chamber choir. The worked is based on a poem by! nanni which was mediated by Lloyd & Bleek in the late 19th century. The narration of the poem – echoing from a no-longer distant past – is by cultural treasure and renowned poet, Diana Ferrus. The piece freely interprets! nanni’s prayer to open up discussions around the impossibility of a pre-colonial Southern Africa. Through the imagined space of mark-making, a transcendence into time is imagined, to facilitate healing.
The work was created for the Biblioteek Productions "20/20 Entertainment in Containment" project as has since also been featured at the Vrystaat Arts Festival in 2020.