Symphony of Silence 
Touring in Denmark 2011
(touring has ended)

World war I. A soldier, deeply affected by the war, seeks into a worn out hotel on his way home from the front. Different sounds reaches the soldier in the tiny hotelroom, including notes from a composer who attempts to create music for the future, a new style. The soldier observes a cabaret dancer in the dark from the hotel room. Slowly the atmosphere and sounds enters the mind of the soldier. Through intoxication, longing, nightmares, hallucinations and encounters with the composer and cabaret dancer the soldier reveals scenarios from the war; Blood, mutilated bodies, a dying friend, running soldiers, exploding bombs and rain as cold as ice. 

The soldier gradually shows symptoms of shell shock evoking fear and chaos. The war has left its marks upon the soldier and the cabaret dancer and the composer are also deeply affected. Symphony of Silence is a story about losing control when everything you know is falling apart. A story about losing identity and the massive consequences of war.

Symphony of Silence is my interpretation of what happens when a soldier returns from war and the reactions that follows. For some years ago I watched old footages from World War I of soldiers suffering from Shellchok (PTSD today). The physical wounds, tics and mental damages that the soldiers did incurred left a strong impression. The footages appeared without sound and it was an even stronger experience to watch so brutal images in silence; this is where the title Symhony of Silence origins from. Today (2010) Denmark is at war in Afghanistan, where people are being killed and even kills. Soldiers also today returns home from war with serious psychological problems. 

A former soldier from Balkan explained it to me with these words:

“Everything normal is destroyed, it's surreal, extreme, adrenaline-pumping, a death experience and survival. I'm not the same as I was before. I have changed to be another person."

Lille Carl, Dansehallerne
17 - 25 April 2010 
Duration 60 minutes 

Artistic & production team
Idea, choreography and staging Pernille Garde Dancers Bo MadvigTiziana Fracchiolla & Alexandre Bourdat Dramaturgical ass. Kristoffer Møller Hansen Music Greatmusic - Tin Soheili og Niklas Schak Set design and costumes Julie Forchhammer Set ass. Sara Vilslev Lightdesign Michael Breiner Videodesign Mikal Bing Technician Jonas Corneliussen Production leader Hanna Grue Pr photos Natascha Thiara Rydvald & Freddy Tornberg Grafic design Mette Kaspersen & Robin Neill Hart Pr Rikke Rottensten Administration Projekt Centrer, Dansehallerne/ Jens Christian Jensen.

Supported by
Scenekunstudvalget, KODA dramatik, Toyota Fonden, Københavns Scenekunstudvalg, Augustinus Fonden, BG Fonden, Oda og Hans Svenningsens Fond og Knud Højgaards Fond.

Tourplan in Denmark 2011:

Viborg Teater
11 October 20:00 

Team Teatret, Herning
12 October 19:30

Randers Egnsteater
14 October 19:30

Performers HouseSilkeborg
10 October 19:30

Vordingborg Teater
26 October 19:30

Kulturvæftet, Helsingør
28 October 20:00

Laboratoriet, Roskilde
29 October 19:30

Galaksen, Værløse 
1 November 19:30

Grønnegade Teater, Næstved 
11 November 13:00 & 20:00

Musikteatret, Holstebro 
15 November 19:30

Torvehallerne, Vejleegnens Teaterforening 
16 November 19:30

Bore Bora, Aarhus 17 & 18. November 20:00

Baggårdteatret, Svendborg 
24 November 20:00


Symphony of Silence 2010, part of  turnénetværket


Pernille Garde