The self-interested music theater makers of Project Wildeman explain the war to the individual. In their presentation WIJ they look for ways to jointly experience. As contemporary shamans, Project Wildeman invites the audience to witness a sensual ritual that releases the primal forces and sharpens the contradictions of modern times. With the greatest ease, the Wildeman tribe mixes enchanting poetry with ferocious round dances, and inimitable vocal eruptions with extraterrestrial electronics and soundscapes that flutter your trousers. Four men physically and musically go to extremes.
The ritual is inspired by the anti-utopian book WIJ (1921) by the Russian Yevgeny Zamyatin. This classic influenced both Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984. But where these novels warn of an all-pulverizing collectivism, Project Wildeman again examines our need to be part of a group: when will we be a participant? When do we close? Are we still able to experience a WIJ?
The construction of the instruments for WIJ was partly financially supported by Cillessen Consultancy.
When & Where?
In the summer of 2013, WIJ was played at Oerol and Over het IJ Festival, followed by a series of performances in Berlin at the Neuköllner Oper Festival. In the summer of 2014 WIJ came back at the French festival d’Aurillac.
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