The Valley (an apocalypse)
3 May 2019 - 22 October 2019
deSingel, Antwerpen, Tandem Scène Nationale, Douai, Nazomerfestival, Zeeland, Romaeuropa Festival, Rome, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, BE
A man is standing in the middle of a small arena. He tells us his incredible life-story. He is surrounded by musicians who underpin, colour and comment on his tragic narrative. Amongst them is a mysterious woman. Is she a guardian angel, his conscience, his supposedly lost daughter?
The soprano Claron McFadden (in alternation with Lore Binon) and actor Dirk Roofthooft are flanked by the BL!NDMAN saxophone quartet in this partly narrated, partly sung story that is musically inspired by the 15th-century Missa Gaudeamus by Josquin des Prez.
For this production, the artist Hans Op de Beeck and composer Eric Sleichim are collaborating for the first time.
The valley (an apocalypse) deals with the daily banality of violence and how grand cataclysmic events are played out on the most intimate and personal level.
Concept - Eric Sleichim and Hans Op de Beeck
Text, stage direction, set and costumes - Hans Op de Beeck
Composition and musical direction - Eric Sleichim
Vocals - Claron McFadden or Lore Binon
Actor - Dirk Roofthooft
BL!NDMAN [sax] - Koen Maes, Pieter Pellens, Piet Rebel, Raf Minten
03 - 04 May 2019 - deSingel, Antwerpen,be
27 May 2019 - Tandem Scène Nationale, Douai, fr
28 August - 03 September 2019 - Nazomerfestival, Zeeland, nl
26 - 27 September 2019 - Romaeuropa Festival, Rome, it
22 October 2019 - Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, n