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World premiere

Hartwig Art Foundation and Holland Festival present:

Indra's Net

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble

Living legend Meredith Monk has devoted her life to exploring the potential of the human voice, weaving together new modes of perception and expanding the boundaries of music, performance and visual art. Her newest work, Indra’s Net, is an immersive installation performance work inspired by a Buddhist tale that illustrates life’s interconnectedness.

In the ancient Buddhist/Hindu legend of Indra’s Net, an enlightened king, Indra, stretches a large net across the universe with an infinitely faceted jewel placed at each intersection. Each jewel is unique yet reflects all the others, illuminating the interdependence of all living things.

For this world premiere at the Gashouder, together with members of her extraordinary Vocal Ensemble and a sixteen-piece chamber orchestra, Monk offers an interplay of music, movement and architecture embodying celestial, earthly and human realms through sound, video and performance.

“In a world that is so fragmented and full of sorrow, I want to create work that affirms life and our sense of connection to each other and all living beings.” − Meredith Monk

Indra’s Net on 23 June is the Friends performance of Holland Festival 2023. During this evening, Friends of the festival, from Benefactors onwards, gather to experience the festival together, with an introduction to the performance and drinks afterwards. This way, the Friends get to know each other better and we thank them for their commitment and support.

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Exhibition Oude Kerk fall 2023 

To celebrate this versatile artist and her more than six decades of influential stage productions, music and films, the Oude Kerk Amsterdam and the Hartwig Art Foundation will jointly realise the first extensive European exhibition about Meredith Monk in the fall of 2023. The exhibition will showcase her music, notations, scores and drawings, sound recordings and films, and a set of immersive installations which translate themes and objects from her stage productions into new experiences. 

The exhibition of Meredith Monk is a collaboration in two acts at Oude Kerk, Amsterdam and Haus der Kunst München, together with the Hartwig Art Foundation. The exhibition is developed in close collaboration with Meredith Monk and The House Foundation for the Arts, New York. Further information via the websites of Oude Kerk and Hartwig Art Foundation.



Fri June 23 2023 8:00 PM

Sat June 24 2023 8:00 PM


  • default € 53
  • HF Young € 20
  • CJP/student/scholar € 12
  • series ticket € 47,70


  • 1 hour 20 minutes (zonder pauze)

  • Indra's Net - concert version

    © Yvonne Portra

  • Meredith Monk, composer

    © F. Scott Schaefer


concept Meredith Monk direction Meredith Monk composition Meredith Monk performers Paul Chwe MinChul An, Theo Bleckmann, Gideon Crevoshay, Allison Easter, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Meredith Monk, Allison Sniffin percussion John Hollenbeck, Gabriele Segantini clarinet Guillermo Arnedo double bass Pietro Elia Barcellona piano Alessandra Di Gennaro violin Isa Goldschmeding, Ania Szafraniec French horn Ryan Lam flute Marina Manterola piccolo Marina Manterola oboe María Teresa Martinez Risueño English horn María Teresa Martinez Risueño trombone Daniel Martins viola Rodo Nijhoff trumpet Abigail Roland flugelhorn Abigail Roland cello Diederik Smulders bassoon Jorge Vela-Hurtado Sanchez harp Liucile Vilimaite voices Kofi Boanyah, Laura Bohn, Jodi Gilbert, Tristan Knelange, Layla Miño, Laura Polence, Carl Refos, Kevin Walton developed in collaboration with Tariq Al-Sabir, Paul Chwe MinChul An, Theo Bleckmann, Gideon Crevoshay, Allison Easter, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, John Hollenbeck, Paul Langland, Allison Sniffin, Yoshio Yabara costume design Yoshio Yabara scenic design Yoshio Yabara lighting design Joe Levasseur associate lighting design Dan Stearns sound design Daniel Neumann video scenarios/direction Meredith Monk cinematography Ben Stechschulte projection design Jorgé Morales Picó musical direction Allison Sniffin score preparation Allison Sniffin orchestration Allison Sniffin, Meredith Monk costume associate Delia Cadman stage manager Meredith Belis production manager Kevin Kenkel production The House Foundation for the Arts co-commissioned by Mills College with the support of Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, Hartwig Art Foundation, Haus der Kunst

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