Freya is a consultant producer on this project, assisting the artists to develop presentation opportunities for this new work, co-created by Genevieve Lacey and Erkki Veltheim.
Echolalia is in development throughout 2022.
Genevieve Lacey and Erkki Veltheim - Co-Creators
Ruth Little - Dramaturg
Byron Scullin - Sound Designer
Amrita Hepi - Choreographic Consultant
Deborah Kayser, Austin Hayes - Vocalists
ABOUT THE WORK:
Echolalia is a gathering of tongues... It is a communal vocal experience, inspired by the oldest known surviving work of notated music, Hurrian Hymn no 6. In a living, participatory ritual of rememberance and harvest, Ecohlalia will re/create an experience of collective singing in a contemporary urban cemetary
Echolalia plays with the archaeology of member. Discovered in the 1950's in the ancient city of Ugarit, engraved on cuneiform on clay tablets, Hurrian Hymn is an anonymous offering to Nikkal, Goddess of orchids and wife of the moon. Echolalia takes Nikkal's broken phrases as a starting point for a new, massed choral work.
An interpretation of ancient notation becomes a powerful communal experience and a chance to revel in the physical pleasure of shared song.