'Last Whispers' Aims to Highlight Dying Languages From Around The World
"Today, a majority of the world's population speaks only 30 of the 7,000 languages remaining on earth. It is estimated that at least half of the currently spoken languages will have died by the end of this century. In fact, a language dies every two weeks." - Last Whispers director, Lena Herzog.
'Last Whispers - Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes and a Falling Tree' is touring around the world and stopping in Los Angeles' Ford Theatres on June 14th to provide an immersive experience, dedicated to telling the story of the extinction and constant decrease in languages around the world. Lena Herzog has paired up with Mark Mangini and Marco Capalbo to create this experience, which is presented in collaboration with LACMA and the Natural History Museum.
Guests will be presented with black and white film, photography, and sound - which is where Mangini and Capalbo come in, as they are award-winning sound designers. Last Whispers will be presented in surround sound and feature a choral pre-corded composition of spoken and sung extinct and endangered languages, married with other natural sounds from the forest and gravitational waves.
This project is timely and intentional as UNESCO, has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to UNESCO, "An International Year is an important cooperation mechanism dedicated to raising awareness of a particular topic or theme of global interest or concern, and mobilizing different players for coordinated action around the world." Last Whispers seeks to engage audience members and provoke conversation about the loss of languages and native voices.
Friday, June 14th
Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East - Directions
Tickets are priced at $25 and this event is for one night only. For more information on how you can experience 'Last Whispers', you can visit the event page here.