We were asked to work on what we are mostly interested: the relationship between singing and nature. Everything was born here: we had no preconceived ideas.
Everything began by exploring the land of Pianpicollo, walking around and looking for places, feeling what form would resonate. We were amazed by the vibrational quality of the landscape, the extreme diversity in its light and shape.
At the same time, in parallel, we worked on the repertoire, based on what we were inspired by.
We were guided by our intuition, in the search for songs and landscapes. One inspired and affected the other. We worked in parallel, allowing for connections to emerge tacitly, unconsciously. It took time before we established specific forms. They appeared along the way.
It was a great opportunity to be able to come back again and again, in different seasons. When the snow came, in February, we noticed that not only the image of nature would change, but also the acoustic and the energy of the relation between our presence and this white. When we came back in July it was green everywhere, and it was very different: there was more resistance and the sound would travel less. But it wasn’t only that, it was really that the color and the energy of the season were asking for a different relationship.
On the other side of the main hill (Bricco) there was no snow and the heat coming from the south made us work there most of the time. That’s when we developed the first scene.
What is special about this place is that the range of the gaze and the range of the sound are consistent. In some places, the sound travels as far as the gaze, which is quite extraordinary. The amplitude of the gaze goes hand in hand with the amplitude of the sound.
This amplitude sometimes transforms into its opposite, intimacy. I remember Alice telling us that she could hear us from behind the hill as if we were there. I was very surprised by the coexistence of vastness and intimacy and by how much they are intertwined. And I think that this feeling inspired the scene in the woods, with the two women covered in leaves, as it talks about this intimacy in a mysterious way, inextricably linked to the vastness.
Passi cantati, 2016
Per un lungo periodo abbiamo camminato lungo i sentieri che attraversano Pianpicollo, alternando canto e silenzio. Abbiamo iniziato ad esplorare un camminare cantando, percorrendo gli antichi muri a secco che si allontanano dal borgo e riportando alla luce il sentiero ormai poco percorso tra Pianpicollo Selvatico e Pianpicollo Domestico, indagando la relazione tra il passo e il respiro che si fa parola e poi canto nel paesaggio che scorre.
Cammineremo per un sentiero, attraversando luoghi differenti. Sarà un viaggio di apparizioni, non solo visive, ma anche olfattive, tattili, sonore. Tutta la persona sarà ingaggiata, tutto il corpo coinvolto. Cammineremo in fila indiana. Saranno passi variati di ritmo e qualità. I piedi ascoltano il contatto con il suolo. Fidati di loro. Alza e apri lo sguardo. E lascia che il mondo, cada dentro.