Judith's gaze is all about encounters. Bluebeard and Judith begin their fatal relationship in Duke Bluebeard's Castle by Béla Bartók and Béla Balázs.

In a new work by composer Malin Bång and author Mara Lee, Judith enters into a dialogue with the dark. She processes her loss in a purifying process. Two pieces, one story; old and new.  Two 21st century female artists enter into dialogue with the symbolist repertoire of the 20th century.  Wouter Van Looy directs in collaboration with the French scenographer Marie Szersnovich. The young composer Siebe Thijs arranges Bartók's masterpiece for a 14-strong ensemble.


  • Concept | Direction • Wouter Van Looy
  • Musical direction • Marit Strindlund
  • Scenography | Costumes • Marie Szersnovicz
  • Video • Raimon Benedetti
  • Light design • Susanna Hedin
  • Dramaturgy • Tuvalisa Rangström

Duke Bluebeard’s Castle:

Composition: Béla Bartók

Libretto: Béla Balázs

Musical arrangement: Siebe Thijs

Performed by Stina Ekblad (Narrator), Johan Schinkler (Bluebeard), Julia Sporsén (Judith) and Musicians of Folkoperan Orchestra

I, volcanic:

Composition: Malin Bång 

Libretto: Mara Lee

Performed by Stina Ekblad (Narrator), Alexandra Büchel (Judith), Emilia Utter (Darkness 1), Helgi Reynisson (Darkness 2) and Musicians of Folkoperan Orchestra