TARABÀBULA, the frequency of my essence
Tarabàbula is a work for a soprano-pianist-actress. It talks of a dream jouney by means of a woman and a piano (which takes form as if it were a real character itself) who undergo various moods and explore fantasies of humour and surrealism. This dialogue of the real and the imaginary is supported by the music, the performance and elements of sound and light. The repertoire of the work includes both classical and contemporary music, as well as its own music. Through her own sensitivity, Uma brings us, with simplicity and freshness, into contact with many years of history, of the great masters of stage and music.
THE FREQUENCY OF MY ESSENCE
A bird has been whispering to me for some time, sending me an intimate message with consistent lethargy, still without form, but with a diaphanous and evident clarity. When I finally decided to accept this information, a burst of colours, forms and sounds lit up my grey matter.
All the intense experience of working on stage – sometimes with twenty-one performances in a month – sharing journeys around the world and life with a new family connected to stage and artistic creation; learning at each moment to give of the best even on the other side of fatigue and inertia, using nothing more than the humanity of each one; trusting to humour as one of the great masters; creating dream spaces for all sorts of publics; understanding that life and dreams bring the mark of the essence – the experience of so many years: all this finally convinced me to create my own work.
A few days later I received a proposal to take part in a soirée in Salzburg where I was asked to perform a solo of thirteen minutes. That meant that I had to squeeze my grey matter to present something that had an identity, and I named this “The Stuffed Olive of Tarabàbula”, given its form was rather like an appetizer. The clear push which the invitation represented for me led to the opening the doors to a private space for me, the studio of a great friend and pianist where I could elaborate this personal piece of work.
At that time I presented a part of this work, almost half of it, to those responsible for the Festival of Pocket Opera and, with great interest, they invited me to take part. To be able to develop the work further in the best conditions, I was fortunate to count on the generous and altruistic offer by one of the great figures of dance in our country, offering me a space. Many thanks for everything!!
Original idea and direction: Uma Ysamat
Academia Marshall, Sala Actes
29, 30 November and 1 December 2007
Creation: UMA YSAMAT AND ELISABETH SUÑÉ
Stage direction: ELISABETH SUÑÉ
Soprano, pianist, actress: UMA YSAMAT
Costumes and props: VALÉRIA CIVIL
Sound design: FERRIS AROMI
Production and stage manager: CARLES JOAN-TORRES
Sound and light technician: SALVADOR TORRENT
Plateau assistant: ARNAU UDINA
Photo: ISABELLE BANCO
With the appearance and disappearance of the pianist JOSEP COLOM as Darnot and Misicoles
Other suggestive characters: UMA YSAMAT such as Catástoples and Fosilia, also Funerius, Spardantis, Ticlenius and Hermeniatis
Coproducers: ANTOINE AND ISABELLE DE LEVIS MIREPOIX, DANIELE GALLAY, MARGARITA SERRAT, SOL PICÓ
Collaborators: XAVIER GARCIA, OLVIDO LANZA, ALBERT SUÑÉ, SACHA CRISAN