Everyone said how moved they were by it. I was taken aback and thrilled to have this reaction. The combination of poetry and sound together listened to within an umbrella whilst walking through a park had an arresting and magical effect.
|Jane McKie lost in contemplation listening to the poetry/sound.|
One participant, my friend Janie, came all the way from Scotland to Berlin to hear it. This is what she wrote afterwards:
'The Umbrellas in Viktoria Park in Berlin are a storming (!) success. They really bring Steph's beautiful words to life and Sonja has created a wonderful immersive soundtrack and the reading/voicing (there are multiple voices) feels intimate in a semipermeable as you stroll around the park - you are aware of sights and sounds from the park threading in and out of the soundtrack of water/percussion/voice. It makes you more acutely aware of both somehow. Many of the visitors commented on how moving the experience was and I also experienced it as an emotional as well as an aesthetic journey.'
And we had some unexpected reactions too!
|Sonja Heyer and Stephanie Green|