Breadwoman Variations: Anna Homler, Lilian Steiner & Samuel Karmel
+ Slime (DJ)
Since 1982, Anna Homler has incanted the character of Breadwoman—an ancient storyteller housed in bread that emerged out of the downtown Los Angeles performance art scene. Of the language of Breadwoman, Homler explains “I think of English as lettuce and my own language as bread.” Kneading language into music; toys into instruments, Homler’s vocal, visual and performance practice explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things.
Enchanting audiences with her celestial vocalese for this special performance for MUMA’s Sound Spaces at MPavilion. Homler will be chanting her divining speech and lyrical melodies with special guests Samuel Karmel and Lilian Steiner in a series of very special quasi-theatrical, fully mythic, ritualistic performances of Breadwoman.
Music Yared features Haftu Reda, originally from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and Anbessa Gebrehiwot from Ethiopia and Eritrea singing and playing the traditional krar (a 5-string lyre) and masinko (a single string violin).
Since performing as a trio at Hobart’s MONA FOMA Festival in 2016, the band has welcomed the addition of Anbessa, a musician with a powerful voice and breadth of experience. With a focus on Haftu and Anbessa’s East African cultural heritage, Music Yared also embraces new sonic territories with a beautiful modesty, camaraderie and a deep groove.
Melbourne-based choreographer and dancer Rebecca Jensen works with the relationship between environment, femininity, ritual and body within and alongside the rapidly shifting digital world. Playing with the architecture and the surrounds of MPavilion, Jensen will present a new work, Free Fall—a montage of perspectives, rope, ice and sun in a half imagined landscape that slips in and out of form and formlessness.
Explorer and Underworld are points of departure in this new piece as Jensen continues her practice bringing choreography in dialogue with the materiality of the human body and the boundaries between things—here, as she explores our relationship to the physical; the role of the body, its flesh, death and how it perceives itself.
Slime is Jeanette Little, a composer and musician focusing on contemporary classical and electronic music. Her musical interests incorporate various contemporary styles and disciplines including formal notation, improvisation, experimental and popular music. She has collaborated with established ensembles and artists at festivals including, Metropolis New Music Festival, Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Sugar Mountain, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and Vivid Sydney.
She is the recipient of the Bespoke Fellowship and is currently collaborating with Speak Percussion under the mentorship of Liza Lim on a large scale work. She presents the show Slime on popular online radio station, NTS Radio.
Presented by Liquid Architecture, MPavilion and MUMA in association with MOFO 2018 with special thanks to All Are Welcome.
A Liquid Architecture project curated by Cara Stewart, as part of MUMA’s Sound Spaces series.voices of breadwoman
Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. Exploring alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary objects, Homler sings in a melodic improvised language that is both ancient and contemporary—searching for the symbolic and tonal qualities of words and everyday objects.
Lilian Steiner is an Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer whose practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinaesthetic experiences. Her work embraces the power of ephemerality within energetic exchange through emphasising the presence of weight and density within the sculptural nature of sound, the body’s form and light as an extension of the body.
Samuel Karmel is a Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist and producer best known for his work as one half of “deep narcotised balearic” duo CS + Kreme (with Conrad Standish); dreamy electronic trio F ingers (with Carla Dal Forno and Tarquin Manek); and indescribably strange noise act Bum Creek.
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Taungurong, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Wathaurung people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the land in which this event takes place, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.partners