The kindred myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and of Layla and Majnun are among the roots of Western and Middle-Eastern opera traditions. Over the next two seasons, we are inviting the various communities in Brussels to draw inspiration from the imaginary worlds and musical traditions behind these stories and to celebrate the diversity of their city and cultures. The impressions that arise in the course of this participatory process will be developed into a true community opera by the minds and hands of the participants taking part.
La Monnaie is rejoiced to invite you to the participative event Sounds of Longing: the finale of the first round of the community project Orfeo & Majnun. On May 24th, you can discover the work of different groups with whom we have been working with for several months on the theme “longing”. Airan Berg and Martina Winkel shall stage their work and that of their storytellers: the artists who have worked with these different groups.
Who is participating?
Two classes from the Instituut Van de Ursulinen shall share the stage with our Children’s Chorus. During the last months, composer Howard Moody has trained them. Standing next to them are several choruses, (International Choral of Brussels, MAchorale/KoorMA, Union des progressistes juifs de Belgique, VoiceKontakt), the improv group Caleidoscoop from Molenbeek, two dance groups (Sufi Whirling & GC Maelbeek), the project City Zoom of the community Saint-Gilles where children make videos, young Afghan refugees who report on their exile in theatre, students of Arabic of the KU Leuven who bring poetry… Chant, music, dance, theatre, video, film, poetry and miniature shadow theatre show a work in progress of the different Brussels communities involved in this project. They are accompanied by artists with different talents and storytellers who helped work out the story.
What is the theme of this event?
It is an elaborate exploration of the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice and of Layla and Majnun. This will result in a parade through the city and in the creation of a participative opera in 2018 at La Monnaie. Note that La Monnaie still accepts new participants!
Concept AIRAN BERG, MARTINA WINKEL
Musical coaching HOWARD MOODY
Conductor of the Children's ChorusDENIS MENIER
La Monnaie Children's Choir — La Maîtrise
OMID, NIL GÖRKEM, HOONAZ FARADJI-GHOJALLU, COSIMA JENTZSCH, MAX WAAUB, EHSAN HEMAT, ISKA SOKOL-OXMAN, DEMAONE & MONICA KAMARA, TINEKE VANDENHOUDT, MIEKE SEGERS, GRIET GRYPDONCK
CALEIDOSCOOP, CITY ZOOM, INSTITUUT VAN DE URSULINEN, INTERNATIONAL CHORALE OF BRUSSELS, KULEUVEN, MACHORALE / KOORMA, ON THE ROAD, SB OVERSEAS, SUFI WHIRLING, UNION DES PROGRESSISTES JUIFS DE BELGIQUE, VOICEKONTAKT, LES ZINNATTENDUS (GC MAALBEEK)
With the participation of countless citizens and organizations of Brussels
PRODUCTION La Monnaie / De Munt
WITH THE SUPPORT OF Cercle des Amis du 27 mars, an initiative by Didier & Myriem de Callataÿ, VGC, Service public francophone bruxellois
Wed 24 May 2017