Slovenian composer, author, and director Karmina Silec is one of the most provocative and exciting figures on the international contemporary music and theater scene. Join her for an introduction to her “Choregie” process of multi-disciplinary meta-compostion, a survey of selected past works, and a preview of her work-in-development BABA: The Life and Death of Stana. BABA is a new opera inspired by the lives of gender-transforming sworn virgins of the Balkan Highlands.
Karmina Silec is the artistic director and conductor of Carmina Slovenica, New Music Theater Choregie and Ensemble Kebataola!. With her artistic concept Choregie and a research-oriented process, she has brought freshness and originality to the world of vocal music and theater. As a conductor and director, she has had projects with numerous theater companies, opera houses and ensembles worldwide. Her interests lie in music-driven theater, music that refers or reacts to other fields, the human voice as a central fascination, and the exploration of different music and theater languages.
Silec has received two Music Theatre NOW awards, the Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music and, together with her companies, the Golden Mask and more than 20 other international awards. Her ensembles have performed at such highly esteemed venues and festivals as the Dresdner Musikfestspiele; Festival d’Automne a Paris; Holland Festival; Hong Kong Cultural Centre; Melbourne International Arts Festival; Moscow Easter Festival; Operadagen Rotterdam; Prototype Festival; the Ruhrtriennale; St. Petersburg Philharmonia Grand Hall; Teatro Colon; Teresa Carreno Theater; and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space. In 2017, she was nominated for the Europe Prize Theatrical Realities.
Oakland’s Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble premieres BABA: The Life and Death of Stana at Z Space in San Francisco February 23-26, 2023. For more info, visit kitka.org/baba.
Presented by Mills College Performing Arts, We Are The Voices, and Kitka
Presented by KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble
Oakland, California 94613