The swiss duo eventuell was founded in 2015 by Manuela Villiger and Vera Wahl. These musicians passionately dedicate themselves to contemporary music and its adequate performance. As an open-minded and experimental duo, eventuell.‘s performances are not limited to saxophone works, but to any kind of art performance including light and video staging. In addition to the auditive dimension, the duo is seeking to provide a further visual dimension to its audience and create a visual space to the musical performance. Eventuell is pursuing the making of a unique statement through its performances.
The young musicians not only deal intensively with the questions of their themes but also try to look for personal answers to the questions raised. Confronting the audience with these complex questions about society and helping them finding a possibility to cope with these is another principal aim of their performance. Besides writing their own pieces, the performers collaborate closely with associate artists and renowned composers on new works and ideas.
Throughout the creating process of a new work the ensemble gathers new impulses from other artists and has the chance to premier a multitude of new works by composers such as Jorge Sanchez-Chiong, Emilio Guim, Julian Siffert or Loïc Destremau.In 2019 the duo launched with “eventuell. connected” a new concert concept in which the duo intensifies its collaboration with promising young composers and premiers every year a whole program written by two international composers.
The starting point of “eventuell. human“ lies in long discussions about the philosophies of being a human as an individual but also of being a performer and about a possible resulting contradiction. The duo centers the physical, psychic, emotional, biological and libidinous aspects of mankind in their new program and tries to find ways to give importance to all these universal needs in their performance. Quoting from the manifesto „The New Discipline“ by Irish composer Jennifer Walshe: “Perhaps we are finally willing to accept that the bodies playing the music are part of the music, that they’re present, they’re valid and they inform our listening whether subconsciously or consciously. That it’s not too late for us to have bodies.“
Therefore the bodies of the artists are often neglected or figuratively even made invisible in today‘s performance practice - the only purpose of the performing artist is to carry out precisely whatever action is asked for. The body is of minor importance to the content but much more acts as the executor. This collides with the fact that the performers body is his only way to express himself. So, how can a performer truly express himself without losing the connection to his own body as a human being?
“eventuell. human” is the first program conceived, composed and produced entirely by Vera Wahl and Manuela Villiger. With the help of body sensors, live electronics, video, light and performance, the music merges into a continuous work - located between concert, music theatre, emotional statement of the performers, political discourse and documentation. With “eventuell. human” the duo offers an intimate insight into their inner view and their perception - altering and/or overlapping between being human and being a performer.