In conjunction with Argentina’s special participation as Guest Country at ARCOMadrid 2017, the Museo Reina Sofía presents a piece by the Spanish-Argentinian composer Fabián Panisello entitled L’officina della resurrezione, which was created in 2013. The work seeks to establish a musical dialogue between biblical texts from the Book of Ezequiel and the writings of Erri de Luca, a prestigious Italian writer known for his commitment to social issues. Its markedly theatrical approach comprises a double role for the baritone and highly unconventional participation for the ensemble of the quartet, whose vocal interventions give them collective character.
The mise en scène is joined by the screening of the video El taller de la resurrección (The Workshop of the Resurrection), by Argentinian artist Leticia Obeid, which was shot entirely in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Bernardino Rivadavia. Obeid has documented many of the fossils belonging to the collections of a museum which has amassed paleontological pieces from vegetable matter, vertebrates and microorganisms that existed on the earth millions of years ago. Some of them are native specimens, while others were brought from other parts of the world. In this filmic exploration, the artist punctuates the notion of resurrection: where bone and plant carbon was replaced by silicon, stone retained forms and modern science could, over the past two hundred years, “resuscitate”, to some degree, the information borne by these bodies.
Fabián Panisello. A Spanish-Argentinian composer and director who lives in Madrid. He is the director and founder of PluralEnsemble and director of the Reina Sofía Advanced School of Music and the Madrid International Chamber Music Institute. His work has been performed by artists such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvos, Cuarteto Arditti, Susanna Malkki, Dimitri Vassilakis, Allison Bell, Laia Falcón, Marco Blaauw, Leigh Melrose and Francesco D’Orazio, and ensembles like the Südwestrundfunk Orchestra (Baden-Baden); Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai; Spain’s National Orchestra; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; the Madrid Community Orchestra; the BBC Symphonic Orchestra; the Lyon Opera Orchestra; Ensemble Modern; Nouvel Ensemble Modern and the Symphonic Orchestra of Puerto Rico, among others.
L’officina della resurrezione
Composer: Fabián Panisello
Texts: Erri de Luca and the Book of Ezequiel
Performers: Holger Falk (Baritone) and PluralEnsemble
Director: Fabián Panisello
Video: Leticia Obeid
Camera: Juan Renau
Editing: Laura Preger
Running time: 23:52 minutes