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T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E.

T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E.

T.E.N.E.B.R.A.E From dark to light Jana Pieters, soprano Khaled Alhafez, sufi voice Liam Fennelly, viola da gamba Tammam Ramadan, ney Sofie Vanden Eynde, theorbo & artistic direction Bart Jacobs, organ   A little while ago, I had the honour of performing François Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres, settings of the Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament. The Lamentations of Jeremiah bewail the destruction of the Jerusalem in 587 BC, and are an integral part of Tenebrae services in the Roman…

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ILLUMINATIONS

ILLUMINATIONS

IMAGO MUNDI is working on a new theatrical performance, based on Rimbaud’s Les Illuminations, his African letters, the associations and responses they evoke, and Abdellatif Laâbi’s play Rimbaud et Shéréazade. The main image we draw from Les Illuminations is that of transformation – the sense of lying on the grass, looking at a cloud, its natural state of constant creation, shifting shape, inspiring you to dream. Musically, that took us to the piquant writing of the 14th century, and our…

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Les Femm’euses

Les Femm’euses

Les Femm’euses gives the floor to the highly cultivated Greek-Byzantine Kassia. Her compositions – dating from the ninth century – form the common thread running through this programme. Next stop is the seventeenth century, with Francesca Caccini and Barbara Strozzi; the first probably being the early baroque’s most influential female composer; the latter, according to the chronicles, “Venice’s most prolific composer – male or female alike – of secular vocal music in print”. The main focus, however, is on contemporary…

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A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness

A Page of Madness is Revue Blanche’s third multimedia project commissioned by Muziekcentrum De Bijloke. Once again, the socio-cultural context of the magazine ‘La Revue Blanche’ was the ensemble’s inspiration. Exoticism and Kawabata’s serene writings in particular, are at the heart of this programme. In the avant garde movie ‘A page of Madness’ from 1926 (with a screenplay by Kawabata), Japanese cinematographer Kinugasa paints the subjective observations of people living in a runaway asylum. Thought lost for almost half a…

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Misia

Misia

Misia tells the musical story of Misia Sert (1872-1950), queen of the Parisian salons but sadly also of shattered dreams and broken hearts. Her lifetime of glory and tragedy, the fascinating artistic circles she travelled in and her sizzling passion for music are the common threads of this tale. Revue Blanche and Katharina Smets embark on a quest for a long-lost era: that of Misia’s Belle Epoque. Misia—of Belgian ancestry—was a key figure in the French fin de siècle music…

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Bilitis

Bilitis

With this programme, Revue Blanche and Frauke Mariën bring a music theatre performance based on the poems ‘Chansons de Bilitis’ by Pierre Louÿs. At the moment of publishing, Louÿs pretended these sensual—and at times erotic—texts were translations of ancient Greek works, thus fooling nearly his entire readership. ‘Chansons Secrètes’, the last chapter of the book, was self-censored by Pierre Louÿs, who feared a ban by narrow-minded authorities. These secret songs inspired Belgian composer Wim Henderickx to the creation of a…

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(Alors) on danse!

(Alors) on danse!

Baroque dancer Ludovica Mosca recreates baroque dance art in a lively spectacle. Baroque and dance, music and movement – one did not exist without the other.  A playful menuet, a solemn sarabande or a happy gigue sufficed to invite musicians, stable men, even the Sun King himself to the dance floor. Ludovica Mosca, specialized baroque dancer, moves all members of Les Abbagliati in blockbusters such as Corelli’s La Follia and Couperin’s l’Apothéose de Lully. When adding her historical castagnettes, the…

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IN MY END IS MY BEGINNING

IN MY END IS MY BEGINNING

In my end is my beginning is a stage production in honor of ill-fated queen of Scots Mary Stuart (1542-1587). Please note that we call this a “stage production” for want of a better term: although it resembles the classical recital format – featuring a singer with lute and pianoforte accompaniment – it goes much further: In my end is my beginning is also a dramatized concert, a chamber opera, a multimedia event, a soundscape, if not a videoclip. En…

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A NEW ADVENT

A NEW ADVENT

Lieselot De Wilde, soprano Sofie Vanden Eynde, lute & theorbo Christmas and Advent exercise a strong emotional pull on us in contemporary Europe, whether we, or our societies, are Christian or not. The festival is deeply rooted in our societal ideals, to which we cannot help but respond. It is no coincidence that domestic violence rates spike at Christmas, or that shelters and women’s refuges are at their fullest. The pressure for everything to be OK, the weight of expectation,…

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douBlebACH

douBlebACH

In DouBlebACH , Sofie Vanden Eynde (theorbo) and cellist Benjamin Glorieux delve down to the core of Bach’s musical firmament to uncover the bedrock on which it rests. The deep resonance of the theorbo and violoncello piccolo, strikingly complemented by live electronics, takes listeners straight down to the foundations that underpin the Baroque soundscape: the use of bass. The warmth of the theorbo, with its purring bass and gently plucked strings, lends Sofie’s transcription of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2…

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