Tsunami By Luísa Nóbrega

During her residency, Luísa Nóbrega spent time going to classical singing classes and British sign language classes, developing two new skills in tandem. Luisa’s work is often derived from the friction that emerges in situations in which failures and lapses in communication emerge and language is on the verge of collapsing. Here Luisa presents her first live action of this long-term project in an attempt to clash the gestures of sign language and the high pitches of operatic singing while moving towards exhaustion, an awkward proposal to entangle two different forms of communication which are almost irreconcilable. Luísa Nóbrega presents Tsunami as part of the performance-focussed event Transpositions, where for eight hours she stubbornly imitates the signing of the testimony of a deaf woman who survived a tsunami, while simultaneously attempting to sing along with a soprano singing l’Extase (´The Extasis’) by Claude Debussy.

Transpositions 07 June 2016

Part of the Performance as Process programme at Delfina Foundation, London

With support from: Coleção Moraes-Barbosa and Delfina Foundation’s family of individual supporters