Ictus, Collegium Vocale Gent & Suzanne Vega [BE, BE, US]

Einstein on the Beach [Musicians at Work]

Einstein on the Beach
Einstein on the Beach

05.06.2019

The legendary opera Einstein on the Beach by Phillip Glass, Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs premièred at the Festival of Avignon in 1976. It was certainly not a conventional opera. It lasted for more than five hours and the audience could freely come in and out. It wasn’t about telling a continuous story but about experiencing time itself. For this new concertante version, the Ictus ensemble is joining forces with the Collegium Vocale Ghent and with neo-folk legend Suzanne Vega. There is no spectacular staging in the style of Robert Wilson this time; the musical composition and the musicality of the libretto are the central focus in a minimalist and hypnotizing soundscape that lasts 200 minutes. The visual and spatial interventions by Dutch visual artist Germaine Kruip will ensure a continuum between the stage and the audience.

• Collegium Vocale Gent is an ensemble led by conductor Phillippe Herreweghe that has been taking the world by storm since the 1970s. Germaine Kruip is a scenographer and visual artist, and has been featured at Kaaitheater twice before: during Performatik15 and during the Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2016. The Brussels music ensemble Ictus is a fixture of the Kaaitheater programme. This season, they are also presenting creations with Mette Edvardsen and Matteo Fargion, Eleanor Bauer, and Noé Soulier.


music Philip Glass | texts Christopher Knowles, Samuel M. Johnson, Lucinda Childs | narrator Suzanne Vega | musical director Georges-Elie Octors & Tom De Cock | choir master Maria van Nieukerken | scenography Germaine Kruip | technical coordination Wilfried Van Dyck | light designer Chris Vanneste | light designer assistant Wannes De Rydt | sound engineer Alexandre Fostier | assistant sound engineer Suse Ribeiro | costume Anne-Catherine Kunz | dramaturgy Maarten Beirens | scenography assistant Maxime Fauconnier | COLLEGIUM VOCALE GENT: choir solo parts sopranos Joowon Chung, Magdalena Podkościelna, Elisabeth Rapp, Charlotte Schoeters | altos Ursula Ebner, Karolina Hartman, Gudrun Köllner, Cécile Pilorger | tenors Malcolm Bennett, Peter di Toro, Hitoshi Tamada, Basses Charles Dekeyser, Philipp Kaven, Bart Vandewege | ICTUS: violin Igor Semenoff | flutes Michael Schmid, Chryssi Dimitriou | keyboards Jean-Luc Fafchamps, Jean-Luc Plouvier | bass clarinet, soprano sax Dirk Descheemaeker | alto and soprano saxophones Asagi Ito

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