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Frederik Neyrinck music
Words by Sabryna Pierre
Lieselot De Wilde soprano
Tibo Vandenborre actor
Joey Marijs conductor
Atelier Bildraum direction and scenography
UK premiere, sung in English. Please note that this performance includes intermittent strobe lighting effects.
The performance is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
For well over a century, the image of a mysteriously smiling 19th-century death mask of an unknown young woman drowned in the Seine has exerted a powerful hold on the imaginations of artists, composers and philosophers. Captured in the dawn of the photographic age, it has become an icon of beauty and femininity, a symbol of transience and a mystery for the ages.
Developed in part during a Snape Residency, this collaboration between composer, writer, architect and photographer attempts to address these themes of a visual age by creating a music drama from one of Europe’s most enduring modern myths.
Projected film and images wrap themselves round Frederik Neyrinck’s flickering, ghostly score, and the clarity of boundaries between protaganists, and even between performers and audience blurs, dissolves and fades like an over-exposed photo.
A LOD muziektheater production IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Asko|Schönberg Amsterdam, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, kunstencentrum Vooruit Gent, Snape Maltings UK, kunstencentrum BUDA/NEXT festival international WITH THE SUPPORT OF the Tax Shelter measure performing arts of the Belgian Federal Government, enoa and Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Arcadi Île-de-France, académie TOTEM(s) de la Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon
Photo credit: Kurt van der Elst.