Birds are free. They traverse boundaries, real or imaginary, linking the realms of the living and dead, magic and reality, nature and art. In some places, birds are seen as the carriers of stories; we understand their songs, no matter what language we speak. In this exciting new project, Merit Ariane and her international ensemble create a musical tapestry of new and traditional material, crossing cultures and continents, connecting music to the magic of birdsong. As more borders are built, birds represent what deeply connects us as humans, our childhood dreams and longing to be free and soar.
By combining her exceptional singing, acting and composing skills Merit Ariane has become an artist, who truly enchants her audiences. Inspired by her German/Egyptian heritage, Merit’s music creates a unique cultural dialogue. Her creative practice focuses on developing new projects by merging theatre, movement and music, often in multilingual performances. Merit has performed at major venues such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank and Barbican Centre and collaborated with well-known opera houses (Royal Opera House, Opera North).
‘A graceful voice’ – Daily Telegraph
‘Rawness, Authenticity and Conviction’ – The Guardian ‘Cinematic Depth.. An utterly compelling performance’- Vortex Jazz Reviews