Nightshade: Aubergine

Claron McFadden goes in search of the common roots of our various cultures by focusing on one of the most iconic ingredients on the culinary scene: the aubergine. 

Despite the huge migration it has lived through, this age-old fruit from the nightshade family has always managed to adapt itself without losing its striking identity. McFadden follows this journey back to its origins: from the West via the Mediterranean region. 


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Muziektheater Transparant.
Coproduction: Concertgebouw Brugge and O. Festival for Opera. Music. Theatre.
In collaboration with Studio Minailo. With the support of Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK).

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KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen (Hannover)
+49 (0) 511 | 168 33
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Podium19 (virtuele zaal/online)
Concept: Claron McFaddenVocals: Claron McFadden • Composition: Tuur FlorizooneOsama AbdulrasolYannick PeetersDirection: Sjaron MinailoDramaturgy: Tobias KokkelmansVideo: Lisa TahonLighting design: Peter QuastersAccordion: Tuur Florizoone • Cello: Lode VercamptContrabass: Yannick Peeters • Clarinet | Bass Clarinet | Tenora: Jean-Philippe PoncinPercussion: Sjahin DuringQanun | Ud: Osama Abdulrasol

In her latest performance, soprano Claron McFadden larked about with aubergines and travel stories. She made mouths water, caused her voice to wander through different cultures, and moved her audience almost non-stop.

Annemarie Peeters - De Standaard**** - 22 February 2017

... the real power of Nightshade: Aubergine lies in the music. The group of musicians is of an unparalleled quality. ... The way they trace the aubergine’s voyage in musical form is compelling and extremely intelligent. ...

Kester Freriks - Theaterkrant**** - 31 March 2017

McFadden herself starts very modestly. ... What she performs are travel songs, as magnificent as they are impressive. Her musical style lies in between jazz and gospel, while flirting fabulously with classical music and eastern influences. ...

Kester Freriks - Theaterkrant**** - 31 March 2017

Overall, Nightshade: Aubergine sends you out into the night in a good mood and with a warm wish … Because she has made clear beyond doubt that food and music are the perfect catalysts for true human contact.

Mischa Spel - NRC**** - 2 April 2017

A good idea of Tahon is to blur the boundaries in the editing as well. Her camera closes in.. without becoming cookery television.

Persis Bekkering - Volkskrant**** - 3 April 2017