come closer: queer choir Amsterdam (#2)

10 September 2022

After a sold-out evening in March, Queer Choir Amsterdam returns to Oude Kerk on September 10th with the new performance ‘A Gushing Deluge’. For this performance the space of the Oude Kerk will be deployed to queer the notion of what it means to be a choir.

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Queer Choir Amsterdam, an initiative that was founded in and has continued to evolve since the first lockdown in 2020, sings original material created through collaborative processes with choir members. How does queerness relate to the architecture and history of the Oude Kerk? How to position oneself in this space? The choir will embody and explore these questions by not only singing compositions, but also making room for improvisation, glitches and interaction – making the roles of choir, conductor and listener more fluid.

The performance (duration about 45 minutes) takes place in the context of the exhibition ‘Path’ by Antonio Obá, which the audience can have a look at afterwards. Start 8pm. (walk in 7:45 pm.)

Queer Choir Amsterdam is an artistic initiative that premises the creation of a brave space tocelebrate unique identities and voices. Through their rehearsals and performances the choir expresses their ideas for the futures they desire and the narratives they want to share. The queer community often gathers and functions in spaces of celebration and night life all of which were greatly affected during the pandemic, this gave an incentive to create their own safe space beyond these confines, one that is run by and for queer people. In the unification of their voices the choir members create harmonies, but also distinctively recognize the varied nature of the human voice and honing agency over their voices. Queer Choir Amsterdam is founded by Shreya de Souza, Mylou Oord and Sarah Naqvi and conducted by Vera Morais.

Photo: Maarten Nauw