Hanna Sybille Müller
Sounds Like Catastrophes
For our festival Live Art for Children 2018, Sibylle collaborated with Eva Meyer Keller to create an original work that was performed by six children. Sounds like Catastrophes is part of a series of works that intuitively research catastrophes. It examines the quietness and loudness of the gently increasing or sudden sounds we associate with catastrophes. As part of an initial workshop, the young performers invented instruments made from everyday materials and objects, to form an catastrophical orchestra. Playing their inventions, they composed thunderous storms, blazing fires and rumbling earthquakes which were performed on stage as the children take turns playing, conducting, and recording sound effects live in front of the audience. Combined with spoken texts, fragments of the live recordings are played back into the performance space, conjuring associations, memories and future scenarios into a many-voiced sound collage.
Sounds Like Catastrophes Performance Recipe
Based on their performance, Eva and Sybille developed a recipe that makes the work accessible for future audiences, and inspires them to act as performers themselves. Just like the kids in the original piece, users of the score are prompted to create sounds and scores for catastrophes using everyday materials.
About the Artist
Hanna is a choreographer and a dancer living in Berlin and Montreal. She studied dance at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie (RDA) and received a diploma in media studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) in 2012.
From 2011 to 2013 she worked as a researcher within the project “Understanding Inter-affectivity” at the excellence cluster Languages of Emotion at the FU/Freie Universität Berlin where she developed a dance program based on empathy. In 2005 she participated in the Dance Web a choreographic residency Programme in Vienna and in 2007 she received the dance scholarship of the Senat Berlin to work with Leja Jurišic in Slovenia.
As a choreographer she created numerous works that were presented internationally. Recent works include SELF-MADE (2013) with Irina Müller and Marcello Silvio Busato and WEIGHT FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN (2012) in collaboration with Ayara Hernández Holz, which premiered at Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). As a performer she collaborated with Isabelle Schad, Volker März, Martin Nachbar, TWO FISH, deufert&plischke, and s-h-i-f-t-s among others. Since 2006 she has been working with Eva Meyer-Keller on projects in performance and video, which include BAUEN NACH KATASTROPHEN (2009), VON MENSCHEN GEMACHT (2010), and COOKING CATASTROPHES (2011).
She teaches at the UdK (Berlin University of the Arts) and at the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts).
Find out more about Hanna’s work on her website.