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Director Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe stages Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi with utopian enthusiasm.

The inexhaustible simplicity of our possibilities. A multifaceted choir no longer sings with the wind, but goes back to a formless beginning, where all the meanings of love and conflict can still take shape. Director Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe stages Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi with utopian enthusiasm. In an ancient grotto, the singing and dancing of the performers shares equal prominence with new symbols and contemporary artworks. Present, past and future thus merge into a single point, a zero point.

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Productie Muziektheater Transparant and d e t h e a t e r m a k e r.

Coproduction: DE SINGEL, Productiehuis THeater Rotterdam, Concertgebouw Brugge, C-TAKT, B’Rock Orchestra and Perpodium.

Distribution: ART HAPPENS

In collaboration with O. Festival for Opera, Music, Theatre, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Troubleyn/Laboratorium en Matterhorn vzw. 

With the support of Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government and the Flemish Government.

With thanks to Showtex, Kopspel, Divi-divi and the Caves of Dinant.

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deSingel Antwerpen (Antwerpen)
+32 3 248 28 28
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Concertgebouw Brugge (Brugge)
+32 50 47 69 99
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O. (Rotterdam)
+ 31 1 436 60 70
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Concept | Direction: Benjamin Abel MeirhaegheMusic: Doon Kanda (aka Jesse Kanda) • Musical direction: Wouter Deltour • co-composer: Wouter DeltourDramaturgy I Research: Louise Van den EedeScenography | Lighting design: Bart Van Merode • Zaza DupontCo-curator artworks: Koi Persyn • Musical coaching: Pieter Theuns • Voice therapy: Rosanne Groenendijk • Body coaching: Sophia Rodriquez • Choreography: Sophia Rodriquez • shibari coaching: Marc Beshibari • Performers: Hanako HayakawaAlice GiulianiEls MondelaersLucie PlasschaertKhaled BarghouthiClément CorrillonVictor DumontAntonio FajardoMusicians I Quartet: Madoka Nakamaru • Wouter Deltour • Pieter Theuns • Rebecca Huber • or David Wish • Video: Filip Anthonissen • Costumes: Kasia Mielczarek • teaser and making off: Charles Dhondt • photography cave: Thibaut lampe • Visual artists: Sanam Khatibi • Justin Fitzpatrick • Thomas Renwart • Anthony Ngoya • Gilles Dusong • Christiane Blattman • Daan Couzijn • Che Go Eun • Tom Hallet • Nokukhanya Langa • Tristan Bründler • Production managers: Sebastiaan Peeters • Laura Arens • Stage Director: Arthur de Vuyst • Video technique: Pieter-Jan Buelens • Text projections: Pieter-Jan Buelens • Technique: Peter Quasters • Anne Van Es • Lars Morren • Kevin Deckers • Janneke Donkersloot • Pat Caers • Light: Danielle van Riel • Sound: Karel Marynissen • Bart Celis • Production assistant: Pablo González • Intern (director assistant): Ika Schwanders


In Madrigals, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe sets to work with Claudio Monteverdi's 8th book of madrigals. But since the emotions of love and struggle belong to us all, the same applies to the performance of canti guerrieri and amorosi. Privileges and dogmas do not exist in BAM's artistic universe, so the dancers sing and the singers dance. Monteverdi survives all that. More than that, his music is the perfect soundtrack for an hour-and-a-half-long ritual where our humanity itself is addressed and celebrated. Af

Chantal Pattyn

They become one body. The beats alternating with the classical performance of Monteverdi work wonderfully here.

Lotte Ogiers, Pzazz

A good example of how music, theatrical images, humour and emotion go together is when, on the empty silver stage, a fire suddenly ignites - ignite the spark! - and the performers form a circle around it.

Kristof van Baarle, E-tcetera