tips by Jochem Valkenburg

The Bacchae
Elli Papakonstantinou, Ariah Lester, ODC Ensemble 

'Director Elli Papakonstantinou incorporates the open, adventurous and engaged attitude of the (Greek) theater scene where she learned the craft into her musical theater. With a cast of singers/performers as varied as it is fascinating, including Ariah Lester who also wrote the music, she is now creating a queer version of Euripides' The Bacchantes. The work is still in the works, but I believe it will be an unpolished, hallucinatory affair that appeals to all the senses and - like Dionysus himself - will provoke and seduce.' 

Dark Skies 
Jamie Man, Blixa Bargeld, James McVinnie, Slagwerk Den Haag, Asko|Schönberg 

‘Jamie Man is a young British composer whose work I have been following for some time and who is finally coming to the festival. An idiosyncratic maker, who goes straight for her goal, does not shy away from sensitive, personal subjects, and always looks for the form that suits her idea, even if it does not fit within the standard (concert) frameworks. Especially for us, she is collaborating with rock star Blixa Bargeld, famous for his band Einstürzende Neubauten, for a concert about the darkness within ourselves. The musicians of Asko|Schönberg, together with Bargeld, will stand between and around the audience in a special arrangement. I'm curious!’ 

Indra’s Net 
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, Ensemble Academy 

'These are the projects that as a music programmer you don't have to think twice about: the world premiere of a large-scale, multidisciplinary project by a legendary artist like Meredith Monk. There are many other superlatives that could be applied to it, but what I especially appreciate in Monk's music is precisely its apparent lightness, simplicity and playfulness. It is her way of getting to the core, a way that I think also fits well with the Buddhist story on which she bases this performance. It is also special that for this project a young generation of musicians gets the unique opportunity to work with her. These will be enchanting evenings!’

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