Press - Yuval Avital

«“The artist Yuval Avital creating an insightful opera with sound of nature and the habitants of the vulcano.»

 

«Whispers and shouts in the belly of the world: Reka Re by Yuval Avital rocked the Teatro Valli»

 

«You really can’t choose where to lay eyes - to the crowd in which each is illuminated by cute shining lights all around you - or toward the stage as coloured pictorial images keep changing, or toward the soloists sitter on high black chairs or the two percussionists which perform as real tightrope walkers (...)»

 

«The voice of each of us is like a fingerprint: says who we are, what is our history and what we’re made. At the same time, it would seem that the Mass disperses the sound characteristics of the individual, giving more value to quantity than quality. To not you agree with that is Yuval Avital, the Israeli musician and composer who for years pursuing a project, to bring forth the beauty, the visionary poetry that the Crowd, perhaps without knowing it, preserves.»

 

“In this interview we try to tell you about how Yuval Avital sees the world , one of the most exciting and prolific composers of recent years. Among his compositions are total works of art, which blend multiple languages and bring with them the sign of our time.”

 

"His name is the name of the father of all musicians in the Bible (Genesis, 21), but it also means "stream that comes from the river," creating a path that deviates from the stream. So Yuval Avital, already well known as a composer and classical guitar soloist, in recent years embraces a world of visual art and sound installations, collective performances that involve a huge number of people in the creation of contemporary rituals, ‘icon-sonic’ works with a very strong multimedia frameworks emotional impact; challenging traditional crystallized categories separating the arts(…) The near future, in addition to concerts of great importance, sees him at work for a number of new visual and sound installations, in Italy and Switzerland. The difficulty to frame it in a single definition, in its flow perpetuity as the waters of a stream, reflects its world in full; a world which anticipates worlds."

 

“...Of the festival’s many co-commissions, the bravest and most brilliantly conceptualised was undoubtedly Yuval Avital’s Fuga Perpetua (...) With Fuga Perpetua, Yuval Avital does not refrain from showing the internal horror of one who is ‘always running’ – never gratuitous, but visceral and uncompromising in showing a universal experience that no one has the right to shy away from. ”

 

“...A work of genius which really achieves its objectives in a thought-provoking and stunning show.”

 

“...Despite its aura of reality - and the consequent risks for the perception of such a work - Fuga Perpetua is a masterful proof of artistic creation. An uninterrupted 80 minutes dense sonic score, performed impeccably by musicians of the Meitar Ensemble, is a counterpoint to an elaborate and engaging multimedia part in which the starting material (which also includes video contributions by Andrea Trivero and the UNHCR multimedia archive) is reprocessed in an intense and evocative poetic journey, but above all very respectful of the human figure.

Fuga Perpetua is certainly one of the most ambitious and complex creative challenges faced so far by the composer, who has combined a remarkable mastery of technical means with a respectful and involving manner, to offer an artistic reflection with an intense and original hand portraying one of the great tragedies of our time...”

 

“...Bitterness pervades these days, reaching the lowest point given the difficulty of managing this epochal phenomenon of refugees for Europe, reflected in the iconic image of the mother washing her newborn baby in a puddle at the Greek-Macedonian border. But, as so often in humanity’s darkest moments, art gives us a glimmer of hope. Ai Weiwei is working in Greece and returned yesterday with a piano, a bit of a Syrian teenager’s dignity. In Italy, Yuval Avital, after more than a year of painstaking work has given birth to Fuga Perpetua, a work of great artistic quality and equally important from its human and moral standpoint, a work that might have created discomfort and disturbance for some spectators, but restores dignity to refugees. Not a work ABOUT refugees, but rather a work WITH refugees.


Yuval Avital, the musicians on the stage and refugees overwhelm us in a fuga constantly more precipitous, backed by a spiral of archetypes common to all human beings: the abandonment, the mother, the father, the house, the childhood memory, the return. This opera brings us all to an equal level, requiring of the audience the most essential matter we need today: closeness and empathy (...)If Fuga Perpetua will arrive in your town, go to see the show.”

 

"Performed by Ensemble Meitar, in dialogue with multiple projections, a sophisticated surround-sound speaker system and a vocal crowd, Avital tells in a beautifully poetic and touching manner, the troubled lives of refugees.
For the full duration of the performance, the audience has been able to live a multi-sensory experience that shifts the point of view from an “objective” observation to an emotional subjective point of view of the individual, and the everyday issues that accompany a person constantly fleeing.
Avoiding any pre-established conclusions or messages, Avital delivers to the viewer a new point of reflection through the language of art, which here finds its highest expression and in which the audience is completely immersed.
Far from simply aesthetic use, art becomes the means to unite us all. The theatre, in a completely atypical manner compared to its historical tradition, becomes the plot of the actual, showing the stark reality, up to hosting refugee-performers among the audience. In this way, the public becomes part of the artwork itself: in an experience which could not be more authentic.”

"Avital's talent both as a composer and as an artist had created a polyphonic Opera"

 

“It is a Multiplied and restless opera, created from unfamiliar languages and silent faces....a mosaic created with a millimetric precision”
 

 

“A very actual an dramatic theme which Avital, thanks to his sensibility of a composer, musician and a multimedia artist, had transformed into into an allegory full of artistic languages without any rhetoric or political narrative.”

 

“With the theme of “home” at the heart of the programme, Brighton Festival 2016 will celebrate its relationship with the unique, energetic and creative city of Brighton, its artists, its characters, its sense of place and spirit whilst also considering universal issues and ideas around home, our communities and places of safety. Highlights include (...) experimental composer and musician Yuval Avital’s potent and thought-provoking new work, Fuga Perpetua, which reflects on the situation of refugees (...)”

 

“(...) In this potent and thought provoking new work, Yuval Avital, a unique voice in the contemporary and experimental scene, creates an immersive environment using a combination of music, sound recordings, visual projections and movement. With contemporary music group Ensemble Meitar, it crosses the border between ‘us’ and ‘them’ and allows us to relate to refugees through the senses, intuition and imagination.”

 

Editorial interview on Fuga Perpetua and front cover

 

“(...) a poetic installation full with emotions (...) It is difficult to tell what strikes you more in this technological anthropological forest”

 

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