Myriam van Imschoot [BE]

What Nature Says


With a tuning fork on the motorway

What does nature mean to us? Myriam Van Imschoot visited a zoo, went to a motorway to listen with a tuning fork, during walks in the woods discovered birds that sounded like chainsaws and imitated ringtones, saw but did not hear crocodiles in Australia, and so on. On the basis of field recordings, five performers – with backgrounds ranging from the noise underground scene to pop – will imitate these sounds using only their voices. They will present a sort of a capella version of the soundscapes of the world and the murmuring that goes on there. What Nature Says is a radiophonic performance, a piece to watch and listen to, both recognisable and abstract, which undermines the notions of human, nature and machine. Those who listen attentively will notice that things occasionally falter too.

• Myriam Van Imschoot makes performance and installation works based on sound relics and oral tradition. After her solo piece Living Archive (2011), founded on a personal sound archive, and The Search Project, which she co-directed for Tristero, she is returning to the Kaaitheater with this, her first group production.

Concept and direction Myriam Van Imschoot | Sound installation Fabrice Moinet and Myriam Van Imschoot | Performance and co-creation Jean-Baptiste Veyret-Logerias, Caroline Daish, Anne Laure Pigache, Jakob Ampe, Mat Pogo | Light Kaaitheater | Production Hiros | Co-production Kunstencentrum Buda, Kaaitheater, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek | In collaboration with PACT Zollverein | Supported by the Flemish Government