Program “Polyphonies”

3 Singers
November 6, 2014, 8 pm
November 7, 2014, 8 pm


3 Singers is an innovative performance and installation combining live and recorded music, movement, and technology in order to raise awareness and expand knowledge about issues faced by female laborers in the global textile industry. 3 Singers explores the role of women’s rights in the textile industry through three different periods of global history: pre-Civil War agricultural production, the Industrial Revolution, and the contemporary ‘sweatshop’. From warped birdsong controlled with Xbox Kinnect cameras to vintage Singer sewing machines modified to manipulate the vocalists’ singing, this techno-opera is sure to engage and intrigue audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

The international premiere of 3 Singers will be presented in Krakow, Poland in November 2014. The Chicago premiere in January 2015 will also feature a month-long exhibition of the dramaturgical research for the project through a special partnership with the National Museum of Health and Medicine.

Audiences can further engage with 3 Singers through a smartphone application developed specifically for the multi-media installation at the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago. The app will feature articles, photographs, video, and resources connecting audience to organizations addressing female laborers’ rights.

The creative team of 3 Singers includes choreographer and director Erica Mott, composer Ryan Ingebritsen, video artist John Boesche, lighting designer Todd Clark, architect and scenic designer Leigh Breslau, experimental vocal performer, Fides Krucker, dramaturg Ginger Farley, and costume designer Kristin Mariani.



Costumes designed by Kristin Mariani, Red Shift Couture
Photos by Matthew Gregory Hollis
Video by Robben Munoz and Robin Lee


3 Singers is generously supported by the following institutions and organizations, as well as many generous individual donors:

National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago
Experimental Sound Studio, supported by a Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events In-the-Works Residency
3AP Awards, supported by 3Arts and the Joyce Foundation
University of Illinois Chicago School of Music and Theatre
University of Chicago Logan Center for the Performing Arts



Fides Krucker
Breath, Body, and Voice. Exploring the physical & practical embodiment of the voice
November 7, 2014, 1 pm-4 pm


Using simple partnered and solo exercises, sighs, yawns and long tones this workshop guides you to discover different shades, colors, and boundaries of vocal expression! Our voices come from our bodies. They are an extension of how we feel and they tell a true story. When we sing songs we use feeling and form to express and communicate our state of being.

This two-day workshop will be physical and practical. You will walk away with a better understanding of how you can learn from your voice and thus work towards health and balance – both vocal and emotional! We will use simple partnered and solo exercises as well as sighs and long tones – finally landing, with guidance, in a song. This work is of benefit to actors, singers and dancers as well as non-performers.

Fides Krucker has been an innovative interpreter of vocal music in Canada and abroad for 30 years. Based in Toronto, she teaches in Humber College’s Theatre Performance program, privately in her home and international for several dance, theatre and diverse ability groups. Her company, Good

Hair Day Productions, premiered the electroacoustic sexual-catastrophe opera Julie Sits Waiting, and received five Dora Nominations in 2013. She just finished creating and performing the vocal score for Peggy Baker’s land/body/breath which moved audiences throughout the dozen rooms of the Thomson Canadian Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Next June, in Naples, she will originate the role of Olympia in Maurizio Squillante’s opera Alexander. Fides is currently working on draft two of her book on voice, funded in part through a Chalmers Arts Fellowship.


December 6, 2014, 7 pm


Stille investigates the notions of utopia on the physical level. What happens to the human body in highly utopian environment? Can we treat utopia as a virus? These are the main questions addressed in the piece. Four dancers go on a journey through the history of utopian thinking accompanying by the string quartet. During this journey the audience is more and more immersed in the deep waters of sensual sounds and images. What looks like a presentation becomes a challenge. Just like silence, sinister and comforting at the same time. Silence seen not as lack of sounds but eternal peace which we all seek but which is here on earth impossible.



direction: Wojtek Klimczyk
choreography: Dominika Knapik (in collaboration with the dancers)
music: Aleksandra Gryka
performed by: Cztery Czwarte Quartet (Karolina Szymbara, Marta Rychlik, Zuzanna Iwańska, Agnieszka Majchrzyk)
dance: Przemysław Kamiński, Mikołaj Karczewski, Dominika Knapik, Natalia Wilk
dramaturgy: Wojtek Klimczyk, Iga Gańczarczyk
produced by Association for Humanistic Initiatives in the Arts Sztruks

co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage




Premiere: 16.11.2012, Manggha Centre For Japanese Art And Technology


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