Within the framework of the PEEK project On the Fragility of Sounds, the co-researchers Irene Lehmann and Christina Lessiak continued to work in their respective areas of research and pursued their own projects. As research practices were shared and discussed, multi-layered interactions took place. The collaborative explorations circled around the main topics of the project: the interrelations of music theatre and composition with various modes of perception, and the influence of social categories like gender, feminism, and queerness on the main topics.

Irene Lehmann continued to expand her research project Resonating Knowledges, which she developed from investigations into how gender and queerness influence practices of composing-performing in the areas of music theatre and dance.

Find out more about Irene Lehmann’s projects at her website:

Highlights of the cooperation between Pia Palme, Irene Lehmann, and Christina Lessiak

A research interview with Pia Palme on composing-performing in May 2019 in Vienna

In the framework of her research project on women* composer-performers at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Irene Lehmann interviewed Palme on her artist biography, on the challenges of being a woman and composer, and on how this situation interrelates with the field of artistic research. Christina Lessiak also participated in the conversation.

Research into rehearsal situations in November 2019 in Vienna

In November 2019, Palme’s music theatre piece Mattetoline premiered at the Off-theatre in Vienna, followed by a presentation at the Theater im Palais, Graz. As part of her investigation, Lehmann explored on how to research a rehearsal situation. Her aim was to approximate a production process of a composed-performed music theatre. Christina Lessiak was part of the production team as well, contributing in different ways—as a technical advisor, lighting assistant, coordinator, and observer. Lehmann and Palme discussed questions of staging.

More about Mattetoline can be found here http://www.fragilityofsounds.org/mattetoline-2019/

A Joint Panel at the conference Performing Engaging Knowing at Lucerne University of Applied Arts and Sciences

First plans for a joint conference panel by Lehmann, Palme and Lessiak were discussed in November 2019, circling around the key terms resonances and interferences. An application for the conference of the Study group for applied musicology proved successful, and the panel Interferences of Writing, Researching and Composing was presented online in August 2020.

A series of interviews with composers from the Composing Women Programme of the University of Sydney

Joining together from their different backgrounds, the musicologist Christina Lessiak, the composer Pia Palme, and the theatre scholar Lehmann conducted long interviews with the participants of the Composing Women Programme of the University of Sydney, and with the programme director and composer Liza Lim, in June and July 2020. The composers Peggy Polias, Bree van Reyk, Giorgia Scott, and Josephine Macken had just finished and staged an evening of short operas at the Sydney Chamber Opera, when the pandemic lockdown set in. In these talks, the participants discussed biographical challenges and the possibilities of being a woman composer, as well as aspects of music theatre and the pandemic situations across the world.



Wechselwirkung – a music theatre piece

Within the production process of the music theatre piece Wechselwirkung in November 2020, Palme, Lessiak and Lehmann were active as collaborative researchers and producers, bringing in different backgrounds and capacities. They were part of a larger collaborative team of five artists/researchers that included the choreographer and dancer Paola Bianchi and the singer and soloist Juliet Fraser.

More about Wechselwirkung https://www.fragilityofsounds.org/wechselwirkung/

Fragility of Sounds – a conference, a lecture series, a music collection, and a book project

Originally planned for May 2020 and re-scheduled multiple times due to procedures taken against the pandemic, the project conference and symposium finally turned into a weekly online lecture series from February to April 2021, and a series of music recordings and public concerts. Lehmann joined into the process of the lecture series. Already in 2019, a series of compositions was commissioned by Palme and Lessiak. At this point, Lehmann brings in her expertise for the production of a book, an anthology. She is now planning, co-editing and co-organising – with Palme – the extensive publication project that emerged from the lecture series. In parallel with the book, a release of the commissioned musical pieces is in progress.

Both will be published inthe spring of 2022.