With STABAT, Xavier Maristany continues his musical investigation into voice, stage and music. With a text by Victor Sunyol and with the collaboration of the scenographer José Menchero (with both of whom Maristany has worked on previous occasions) STABAT tells us of the contemporary individual, the image of the Pietat in front of one’s own cadaver. Starting from notions such as the gaze, pain, memory, death or absence, reflected also in the fragility and fleeting nature of the forms and materials used, the work constructs its own language from the remains of languages now unusable and builds a reflection and a new way of looking at the present-day individual.
The word, the voice, memory
From the first moment Victor Sunyol showed me STABAT, I knew that this would also be a cantata. Neither STABAT nor I had an alternative: the text “can be heard” and, moreover, presents itself with double or triple horizons, themes which are essential: the mother in front of her dead son but, at the same time, the poet faced with “ the cadaver which is language” and ultimately, existence as a permanent record, a muffled murmur. STABAT doesn’t “speak” of death, of nothingness, but rather of the infinity of memory, of an absence.
STABAT is not just a musical version of a text, and not even a staged version. As with previous collaborations which I have had with Victor Sunyol, his poems are the starting point for me for a new work.
The treatment of the voice will be as wide as possible; I will be looking not just for the “normal” register of each performer, but also other sonorities, like breathing, laughing or crying. And, above all, singing.
The scenographic concept, including the active participation of the performers, is essential. No one will simply sing or play: the singers will not simply use the voice: they will also “be” on stage, and will use movement, the manipulation of small objects and speech.
Concepts like weightlessness, water or fragility will be present in all the elements making up STABAT: text, scenography, music, movement and images will become one whole, a concert. A bold, contemporary, and at the same time, very visual performance, and therefore, with a clear desire to reach everyone and everywhere.
STABAT is composed for three female voices – two sopranos and a mezzo-soprano, an actress, and with synthesizer and electroacoustic sound.
Composition, direction and sound space: Xavier Maristany
Original text and libretto: Víctor Sunyol
Barcelona 3, 4, 5 and 6 November 2005
Soprano: MARÍA HINOJOSA
Soprano: CARME SÁNCHEZ
Mezzosoprano: MONTSERRAT BERTRAL
Actress: MONTSE VELLVEHÍ
Stage direction: PERE EUGENI FONT I MONTSE VELLVEHÍ
Scenography and lighting: JOSÉ MENCHERO
Costumes: JOSÉ MENCHERO I RAQUEL BONILLO
Images: ADOLF ALCAÑIZ
Executive production: OLGA PRATDESABA
Paper: VICTÒRIA RABAL
Press: SANDRA COSTA / COMEDIANET
Production: Musicavista, FESTIVAL OF POCKET OPERA AND NEW CREATIONS
Co-production: TIANA TOWNHALL, FESTIVAL PANORAMA OF OLOT
With the support of: DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE OF THE CATALAN GENERALITY