Signal at Dusk

Signal at Dusk, Oerol Terschelling, The Netherlands

15 Jun 2018 - 24 Jun 2018


The setting of the opera Signal at Dusk was a beach, the stretch of sand that separates sea and mainland. Roaming the beach women’s voices sang about the waves, as sources of seduction, of desire, of nourishment, of danger, destruction, loss. This opera was composed upon the sound art piece Signal-on-Sea, a spatial work that the audience can roam around in, spanning a kilometre-long stretch of beach. Surrounded by an incorporeal choir, emanating from 24 loudspeakers, the voices move over the sand with desolate tones from foghorns acting as reference points. Fragments of texts, of poems about the sea lured the audience along a kilometre-long stretch of beach as darkness fell. Signal at Dusk connected land and sea in sound, making them merge in the perception of the visitors, but also allowing their sonic manifestations to be scattered on the wind.