The blistering inner journey of two women who unwittingly share a prison cell.

Two women are forced to share a prison cell: a young environmental activist arrested after an illegal protest and a working-class woman for killing her boyfriend. Their involuntary togetherness gets off to a bad start, but as the nights pass, they begin to reveal their fears and hopes to one another. They start talking about the things in life that are worth fighting for and how far you can and may go. Their shared confinement becomes an inner journey that changes them both permanently. Notwehr brings together old and new music: Banchieri’s madrigal cycle La Barca di Venezia a Padua functions as a kind of echo of the past and of the outside world, weaving its way into new music by composer Annelies Van Parys.

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La Biennale di Venezia. Composition commissioned by La Biennale di Venezia.

Coproduction: Studio Minailo, HERMESensemble and Muziektheater Transparant.

With the support of Fonds Podium Kunsten.

Location Dates Hour  
Biennale Musica 2022 ()
Composition: Annelies Van Parys • Adriano Banchieri • Direction: Sjaron MinailoDirection assistent: Raphael René Jacobs • Libretto: Gaea SchoetersScenography: Sjaron Minailo • Maarten Warmerdam • Light: Maarten Warmerdam • Costumes: Patricia Hofstede • Vocals: Johanna Zimmer • Els MondelaersEnsemble: HERMESensemble Choir: VENETIAETERNA vocal Ensemble