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.

“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


  • Concept | Direction • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe
  • Music • Doon Kanda (aka Jesse Kanda)
  • Musical direction • Wouter Deltour
  • co-composer • Wouter Deltour
  • Dramaturgy I Research • Louise Van den Eede
  • Scenography | Lighting design • Bart Van Merode / Zaza Dupont
  • Co-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 Hayakawa / Alice Giuliani / Els Mondelaers / Lucie Plasschaert / Khaled Barghouthi / Clément Corrillon / Victor Dumont / Antonio Fajardo
  • Musicians I Quartet • Madoka Nakamaru / Wouter Deltour / Pieter Theuns / Rebecca Huber / 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
  • Technique • Pat Caers / Karel Marynissen / Danielle van Riel / Pieter-Jan Buelens / Bert Demeulenaere / Anne Van Es / Janneke Donkersloot / Kevin Deckers
  • Intern (director assistant) • Ika Schwanders


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ImPulsTanz (Wenen)
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Chassé Theater (Breda)
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