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2012-2013 REP & RIP – REPertoire & Repertoire In Process A Laboratory Documentation

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REP & RIP: Project 2012

Project Concept and Project Development

Helmi Vent

Project Partners

Manado State University Choir, MSUC (Indonesia);
Dr. André de Quadros, artistic director and conductor of the Manado State University Choir, and Professor of Music an der Boston University, USA;
Helmi Vent, Professor of Experimental SpaceSoundBody-Theater at the Mozarteum University Salzburg (Austria) and Director of the Lab Inter Arts (LIA), Salzburg

Project Participants

Members of the MSUC per February 2012:
Boressandro Anu, Adelina Bataria, Viddy Dumalang, Gerry Gimon, Andre Gumolung, Friyanti Harmanses, Chandra Kandati, Lady Kimbal, Fienny Langi, Valentine Lewan, Ribka Manus, Apris Marinda, Chely Mekel, Lady Mokat, Risti Mumu, Riffel Pakasi, Verlina Paputungan, Antonie Pasulatan, Melcky Pojoh, Kristian Porung, Wolter Porajow, Christian Porajouw Monica Raturandang, Alfan Rengkung, Pricilia Runtu, Ferry Sangkop, Priscillia Senduk, Riko Tanauma, Andrew Tamunu, Merky Tanos, Calvin Tayuyung, Julinda Tukunan, Inggrit Tulong, Eduard Waturandang, Santy Wonkar, Rilya Wullur

Project Initiative

André de Quadros

MSUC-Chairman and organisational Management

Riffel R. Pakasi


Martin Gerhard Hantich: Camera and technical production supervisor
Angelika Leitner: Location sound und Camera Assistant

Interpretation English – Bahasa Indonesia

Riffel R. Pakasi


Manado (North Sulawesi Indonesia)
Large assembly spaces, hairdressing salon, Mantos Mall, busy street, music shop, garden pavilion, restaurant, etc.

Time Period

February 10–29, 2012
Alternately, the whole ensemble (from 6 p.m.) and small groups
(10a.m.–1 p.m.)

Film Premiere 2013

Film Title

REP & RIP. Repertoire & Repertoire In Process. A Laboratory Documentation

Year of Production


Film Length

58 min


Helmi Vent


Members of the MSUC per February 2012:
see above “Project Participants”


see above

Editing Concept

Helmi Vent

AV Postproduction and Editing

Martin Gerhard Hantich

Film Production

© Helmi Vent
LIA – Lab Inter Arts

Premiere's Place

Ballroom Diva Family Karaoke, Jalan Samratulangi
Manado, North Sulawesi (Indonesia)


Saturday, March 2, 2013, 3 p.m.

2013 HV Manado 01s

A vocal theater project in Manado (North Sulawesi, Indonesia), February 10-29, 2012. 

A collaboration project with the Manado State University Choir, MSUC, (Indonesia); Dr. André de Quadros, artistic director and conductor of the Manado State University Choir, and Professor of Music an der Boston University, USA; Helmi Vent, Professor of Experimental SpaceSoundBody-Theater at the Mozarteum University Salzburg (Austria) and Director of the Lab Inter Arts (LIA), Salzburg


About the Project

Excerpt of an e-mail from February 5, 2012, sent by Helmi Vent to the singers of MSUC (Manado State University Choir) before the project began

“[...] you may well be wondering what this Helmi Vent person will be doing with you.

The curious thing is that I don’t know that yet, because I need, first of all, impressions about where I am situated before these impressions can turn into forms of expressions, into plans and concepts. That means impressions about you, about the part of the world you live in, about your singing, your everyday life, and your culture, about the colours, smells, sunshine, rain and many other things.

And so, I come first of all as a listener, an observer, although of course we will begin doing exercises, starting with some pieces of your current repertoire, which will lead us – with our voices and bodies – into other locations and spaces of experiences with sound and motion.

And it might happen that there are moving or sounding 'somethings' in your surroundings that we take up and lead into dialogue with us [...].

Thus, in our lab work, your repertoire will be considered raw material that will be allowed to find new connections and perhaps connections in your everyday culture.

We will see, and of course that will take time. [...] Questions that arise in the course of the project in progress will be examined and discussed. ...

The main phases of the project development will be audio-visually recorded. [...] At the end of the project the recorded material will be evaluated, then edited and mastered. Each project participant will receive a copy of the film.”

REP and RIP Separator

Questions arising from the project process

What happens to the repertoire of a mixed choir when it is put into a fluid state through performative actions, for example:

  • when fundamental structural features of a piece of repertoire, or musical elements, move out of their compositional architecture, or
  • when the repertoire is used as raw material for performative modes of expression and experiments, or for small, new compositional approaches?

  • What happens to the voices, bodies, and minds of the participants when excerpts from their repertoire appear in unfamiliar forms on a street, in a hairdressing salon, or in a restaurant, or begin moving of their own accord in a music store or a department store?

  • What happens, during the aforementioned process, to individual hearing, to individual understanding of choral singing in one’s own culture? How do I perceive myself and the other project participants in the changed landscapes? How are we perceived by others?
REPRIP Action 01 REPRIP Action 02

Afterthoughts on the Project

After numerous entries in my personal project diary about the process development, my diary ends again with questions: quoted questions posed by the singers as well as questions that I addressed to the participants and to myself at the end of the project.

Some of the participants’ questions can be answered simply with fact-oriented explanations; others can be clarified by our practical project work, the scope of which complements and enriches subsequent reflections; the improvisations, the experimental approaches to repertoire excerpts, the imaginative sound-body-interplay – all these experiences add up to a platform of understanding for new perceptions and insights.

A number of questions, however, remain open, until some other occasion or circumstance in the near or distant future sets them – and, perhaps, answers to them – in motion.

Fienny Langi’s question opens up an interspace between human perspectives on action, being, and thought: “Is it important to be different from others? Or should we flow with this ‘ moving’ world?” Expanding on Fienny’s question in my mind, I ask: “Is it important to develop an individual profile and thereby (particularly in artistic fields) clearly distinguish and thus separate oneself from others? Or is it advisable (in other situations of life) to go with the flow of the constantly changing world?”

What remains after these and other thought-provoking questions is the special importance of a capacity for sensitive and critical perception and decision-making that enables every individual to consciously occupy interspaces and set accents that (help to) shape them – in the vocal and
performative theaters as well as in the theater of life. And what also remains is an impressive insight into the depth of the questions about life raised by the enthusiastic young choral singers of the MSUC in Manado.

Helmi Vent, March 2012

Film Premiere: REP & RIP (2013)

In February 2013 Helmi Vent invited all participants of the project “REP & RIP. Repertoire & Repertoire In Process. A Laboratory Documentation” as well as interested guests to the public film premiere in Manado (North Sulawesi, Indonesia), March 2nd, 2013 (see Invitation-Flyer). Each participant of the REP & RIP project of 2012 (see above) received a copy of the film on a USB stick.

Following the premiere: discussion, exchange and dinner together.
Supplementary talks about the “REP & RIP”-Project and its AV-Documentation: March 4 and 5, 2013


Invitation Flyer to the Film Premiere


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