Whispers Turn Into a Cry
A powerful and truthful sojourn
Whispers turn into a Cry is a piece about nostalgia. It's the story of a life of a being (a human who may sometimes during the performance turn into an object from her memory). During her life she experiences joy, love, longing and pain. The piece is performed by two Iranian female performers and it is based on voice, music and movement improvisation.
Devised in 2012 by Nick Parkin, Maryam Davari and Sara Amini. Costume designed by Yuliya Krylova. Performed at Camden Fringe 2013.
our process, research and inspiration
The project was an interdisciplinary performance based on vocal and movement improvisation, derived from memories of our childhood and life in Iran, combined with the effects of migration on my life and finding my place in my new society in London. The original concept and working title of the performance was Nostalgia - how being far from the land where memories took place makes the memories - and even the present - abstract. The became an entity of their own and in some cases seem unreal. In our research, we realised that Nostalgia is not only a result of losing or leaving a place but losing time and leaving your past in the past.
The latter is something that all humans face and we thought was a good subject for a performance that aims to tell an individual story that related to all, the reason this performance was very important to us; it is not only a performance but it’s a means to communicate with the society and people with whom we live.
In this project, we worked and experimented with the influences of voice in movement, movement & body positioning on voice. As a basis we worked on extended vocal techniques influenced by the traditional singing techniques of Iran and the work of Meridith Monk, whereas our movement was inspired by Butoh Dance and physical theatre.
We wanted to explore the effects of voice and movement through improvisation combining movement and voice, the dynamics, choreographic and theatrical structures that evolve from these processes.
This performance was in collaboration of Nick Parkin, a musician who has professionally worked on site specific music performance and Butoh Dance.
Notes by Sara Amini