Myriam Van Imschoot


Humans and animals reconciled in a palette of trills and song lines

Youyou, that shrill, loud shimmering sound that expresses joy and sometimes also mourning. The vocal expression, called zaghareed in Arabic, is also alive in Brussels, where performance and sound artist Myriam Van Imschoot helped found the YouYou Group. In the staged performance Jubel, 16 performers with Els Mondelaers present their own version of polyphony, a term that is not usually used in Arabic music. Schapengemekker is one of the lines of inspiration that lead to circling sound choreographies and the spatial lines of herds.