Komm, süßer Tod, komm, selge Ruh!
Komm, führe mich in Friede,
weil ich der Welt bin müde,
ach komm, ich wart auf dich,
komm bald und führe mich,
drück mir die Augen zu.
IN KOOR! is a music theater project by the Brussels performance artist Myriam Van Imschoot and Willem de Wolf, actor and author with de KOE, in collaboration with students of the theater school at KASK and thirteen amateur actors.
The guiding principle of IN KOOR! is the rehearsal of a musical piece. A choir, people who are endlessly singing and practicing to arrive, somehow, at unison and melody. The mistakes, repetitions and slip-ups that accompany this venture make up the material of the play. Because people are the most vulnerable when they are not (yet) able to do something that they want to learn badly.
But IN KOOR! is more than just an ode to the false start, the off-key notes and the still shaky voice, out of balance and out of cadence. It is also a carrousel in which we zoom in- and out on the process, the repetition, the improvement, the hope, (dis)harmony, and how individuality relates to solidarity.
Those who expected beautiful cantatas and virtuoso vocals, will have to settle for a musical theater that elevates tone deafness to an artform.