Doctoral reserach project

”No title” by Mareike Dobewall

Researcher: Mareike Dobewall

This is a doctoral reserach project by Mareike Dobewall. Mareike is a doctoral candidate in opera.

As a doctoral candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts Mareike Nele Dobewall will explore the scenographic potential of sound in site-specific works in live art.

Lead paragraph

Mareike Nele Dobewall is a director and a scenographer. She studied film directing in Berlin in 2006 and worked as an independent film maker and theatre director for several years before she expanded her artistic expertise through studying scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Fredrikstad, in Norway. In her work she explores the meeting of different genres and art forms.

Goal & purpose – Research question/s

During her practical artistic research Mareike Nele Dobewall will work with voice through choir and opera works, and explore further musical potential that the human body offers. Mareike Dobewall`s questions in her research project are related to the site-specificity of sound and explore the dialogue between the performers and the space. In her installative works she gives all audience members the possibility to create their own experience by offering them the possibility to change their position and perspective according to their own preferences. Audience relation within site-specific performances with an aural focus is therefore another field that will be investigated within Mareike Dobewall`s research.

This is how the project will be carried out – Schedule

During her practical artistic research Mareike Nele Dobewall will work with voice through choir and opera works, and explore further musical potential that the human body offers. Mareike Dobewall`s questions in her research project are related to the site-specificity of sound and explore the dialogue between the performers and the space. In her installative works she gives all audience members the possibility to create their own experience by offering them the possibility to change their position and perspective according to their own preferences. Audience relation within site-specific performances with an aural focus is therefore another field that will be investigated within Mareike Dobewall`s research.

Mareike Dobewall started her practical artistic research with the creation of “Vokal-De-Konstruktion”. This work was realised in collaboration with scenographer Natalia Orendain and the choir Colegio de Infantes de la Catedral de Guadalajara at Instituto Cultural Cabanas in Guadalajara in Mexico. It was part of “Dual Year - Mexico & Germany” and funded by the Goethe Institut. For this piece Mareike Dobewall selected chorals from the archive of the Cathedral in Guadalajara and distributed the distinct voices of the choir (soprano, alto, bass, tenor) in different parts of the architecture of the museum. She choreographed the sounds and the singers in order to give the audience the possibility to experience and explore the inherent structure of the music in varying forms. The conductor was placed in a separate room where he was filmed and projected in real time to the different voice spaces, while he received the direct digital sound from the singers through loudspeakers.

In summer 2017 Mareike Dobewall will continue her investigation of spatial compositions of human voices through the creation of “Voiceland - a living voice installation”. The music is composed for the singers of the Icelandic choir Hymnodia and the performance space Verk­smiðjan in Hjalt­eyri, in Iceland. The musical and choreographic score is developed in close collaboration between the composer Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson and Mareike Dobewall in order to create a spatial composition of sounds and bodies. In a country of voices, how does the world shape? What forms will develop inside of the old herring factory through the voices of the choir when each singer is individually choreographed? In this piece the questions “where” and “how” the singers create sounds is as important as “what” they sing. The first version of the piece “Voiceland” will be shown during the performing arts festival A! in September 2017 in Iceland.

Final Presentation

Intended date of doctoral defence: Spring 2021
 
For more information on Mareike Dobewall`s work, please visit her webpage www.mareikedobewall.com