music - Season 14/15
A Needcompany Double Bill: the new performance by MaisonDahlBonnema is a study of rhythm and expression, a journey in which a live drummer fires up three performers. Maarten Seghers smartly exposes art practice in an everlasting pop song, a sculptural dance, a stand-up comedy show, a performance.
Two young men, one rich, the other middle class, are in love with the same woman. However, their priorities change soon enough: with the outbreak of the First World War, they both decide to sign up with the US Airforce. Wings (1927) combines a romantic plot with impressive images of air battles from WWI.
WOTH is the first creation by Liesa Van der Aa, actress with Toneelhuis and musician. She sought and found inspiration in an ancient Egyptian ritual: after death the heart of the deceased is weighed on scales counterbalanced by the feather of truth. WOTH is an overwhelming musical performance for nine musicians, enhanced by video and animation on stage.
The 96 short works in Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier each have a profile, an individual character, their own dynamics and an individual time sequence. The musician Alain Franco sees them as a series of ‘novellas’ which he connects to each other by applying editing principles and so arrives at ‘a form that hovers somewhere between opera and novel’.
Ictus sets to work with some exceptional instruments, such as the notorious intonarumori of the futurist Luigi Russolo, and six simantra, percussion instruments used in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Sometimes the audience encircles the musicians, or vice versa. You will hear works by Mauro Lanza, Pierluigi Billone and a 60-minute tour de force by Michael Gordon (Bang on a Can).