Our task is to make trouble, to stir up potent response to devastating events, as well as to settle troubled waters and rebuild quiet places. — Donna J. Haraway

Each new season of The Witness includes the organization of Openlabs - new paradigm opera, transversal conversations, and workshops held with and for communities - to share with them, first and foremost, the fruits of the projects and their research.
Regular partnerships with universities lead to the development of programs for young artists and researchers, facilitated by one or more members of The Witness team and network.
Furthermore, The Witness Openlabs' frequent participation in events and festivals offers community members, artists and researchers involved in projects around the world the opportunity to deepen their collaboration, meet diverse audiences and further amplify indigenous voices.

A community-based open lab on radical listening

Relying on The Witness, A Solo Duet with an Imaginary Partner, a Duo, or an Ensemble, three open strategies for listening, attuning, and responding to ourselves and to one another, as an organizing principle, each iteration of The Witness Openlab (offered since 2018) does something different, and is organized differently. According to the context, it can take the form of a participatory event, a new opera, a performance, etc.

Strategy I - Attention to Oneself
The first phase of the workshop explores personal and collective practices, local knowledge and know-how that contribute to the partial restoration of vital links with the worlds of the different beings co-dwelling on Earth, including and surpassing human societies.

Strategy II - Attention to Others
In the second phase, participants are introduced to conscious movement, open architecture and deep listening practices developed by communities around the world to stay attuned to the living world rather than dominate it.

Strategy III - Attention all over
The third step proposes giving equal attention to one's own practice and that of another community, expanding the field of listening as far as possible to weave strategies together.

The Witness Openlab is a workshop facilitated jointly by a head researcher of a The Witness project, a member of the community who participated in the field project, and, when appropriate, Julie Beauvais, director of The Witness.

Openlabs and Events


  • October 18-20, 2024 - Pearl Rhythm Festival, Kisoro (UG)

  • October 5-6, 2024 - Cajazeiras, Salvador, Bahia (BR)

  • Fall semester 2024 - Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno (CZ)

  • June 27–29, 2024 - Gustav Mahler Private University for Music, Klagenfurt (AT)

  • June 23 - No Border Cafe, Basel (CH)


  • 2024 - Harkat Studios, Mumbai (IN)

  • 2023 - Museum Tinguely & Basel Academy of Music FHNW - Music and Scene in Transformation (MuST), Basel (CH)

  • 2023 - Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, Department MA Transdisciplinary Studies, Zurich (CH)

  • 2023 - Carnegie Hall, New York (USA)

  • 2022 - Museum Rietberg, Zurich (CH)

  • 2022 - India Music Experience, Bangalore (IN)

  • 2022 - Centre Culturel Les Changeurs, Agbodrafo (TO)

  • 2022 - Canda region and the Cities of Inhambane and Xai Xai (MOZ)

  • 2021 - Gessnerallee & Sonic Matter Festival, Zurich (CH)

  • 2021 - Llanchama Cocha Soundscape Collection, Llanchama Cocha (ECU)

  • 2020 - THEATRUM: Re-Formation, Moscow (RU)

  • 2019 - Srishti Manipal Institute of Art, Design and Technology & National School of Drama, Bangalore (IN)

  • 2018 - Arthaus.Berlin International Training and Research Center, Berlin (DE)