SHAWN AND THE ZEBRA (2009-now)
Music in Space
A story written by daily life, co-authored by the human mind. Directed by imagination twists. Starring illusions. Or facts? Where is the truth? Does it matter? Will you ever know? Do you want to know? Did you hear what I heard? Did you see what I saw? A soundtrack to your own consciousness.
Shawn and the Zebra, the brainchild of Claudia Hansen and Julia Oschewsky, is an experimental voice/percussion duo, which encompasses the common ground of music and movement theater. In combining these disciplines they go on a continuous quest to explore the movement in the music and the music in the movement. The incorporation of the visual and physical aspects associated with their music has been the core motivation to this ensemble. Both musicians compose the original music and the socially critical storyboards for the Shawn and the Zebra productions. Also the stage and light design is created by the ensemble itself. The music is a combination of the human voice and percussion instruments such as marimba and kalimba, which are enhanced by effects and loopstations. Shawn and the Zebra is Music Theater which makes the music – the main story telling device – move around the theater’s stage. In 2012 their debut show Depending was premiered.
Julia Oschewsky – vocals
Claudia Hansen – percussion & vocals
Depending is the debut show of Shawn and the Zebra. It is starring a person searching for inner peace and happiness, having an odd relation with its inner voice. It is about a person going through an important personal development in today’s fast-beating and success-hunting society. It is about finding the balance between your inner self and your outer self. About being controlled by your inner world. About releasing yourself from yourself, about being controlled by the outer world. About depending, pending, depending, pending and the urge to find your own balance.
Concept: Shawn and the Zebra – Music: Claudia Hansen – Visuals: Shawn and the Zebra – Vocals: Julia Oschewsky – Marimba, Percussion, Vocals: Claudia Hansen – Dramaturgy: José Bode – Dance Coach: Karin Dieters – Costums & Stage Design: Claudia Hansen, Shawn and the Zebra – Production: Shawn and the Zebra
07.01.2012Depending (Shawn and the Zebra)Theater De EngelenbakAmsterdamThe Netherlands
06.01.2012Depending (Shawn and the Zebra)Theater De EngelenbakAmsterdamThe Netherlands
05.01.2012Depending (Shawn and the Zebra)Theater De EngelenbakAmsterdamThe Netherlands