unmute is a dancemusic performance, a concert and a dance perofmrnace, by choreographer Keren Levi in collaboration with composer Yannis Kyriakides. unmute is performed by 3 dancers and 2 musicians from percussion ensamble Slagwerk Den Haag. With this performance, Levi & Kyriakides enter a barely explored area where digital technology and the physical skills of dancers and musicians play each other. It is dance, live music and a soundscape of digitally processed voices. You hear words and exclamations in the different languages of the performers on stage and computer-generated voices - all digitized and detached from their physical origin.
unmute sketches a futuristic scene in which man and voice are permanently separated but where there is a strong desire to reconcile communication and voice with the personal and the body. The dancers and musicians channel the digital fields of voice through sensors. They are possessed by these detached and "silent" voices, and thus change their form. The idea of this re-embodiment of voices comes from rituals of possession in ancient civilizations, for example oracles that played the voice of the gods. It also refers to healing, mesmerizing rituals in which the spirit and the voice of a deceased take possession of the body of the living. As beings of all times and cultures - oracles, deities and cyborgs - the performers of unmute embody a plurality of voices. The music composition molds the sound into a hallucinating sound landscape that surrounds everyone. It is like a dream in which you stand still in a noisy, urgent crowd, while the space around you waves and changes shape.