On Saturday March 19th, Queer Choir Amsterdam will present a performance, ‘The Glitch at Garden’s gate’, in which the space of the Oude Kerk will be deployed to queer the notion of what it means to be a choir. 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, moments of rest, and interaction with the audience, making the roles of choir, conductor and listener more fluid. Expect a polyphonic program of about 45 minutes with songs of queer resilience, rebellion and joy.
Queer Choir Amsterdam is an artistic initiative that premises the creation of a brave space to celebrate 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 an initiative by Shreya de Souza, Mylou Oord and Sarah Naqvi and conducted by Vera Morais.
Tickets (only available online)
8 p.m. (walk in 7.45 p.m.)
Photo: Shreya de Souza