Willem Boogman


Een oog in zee - premiere in November Music Festival

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Een oog in zee [An eye in the sea] will premiere on November 5, 2022 during the November Music Festival in Den Bosch. See: concerts.
It is music theater in which a present-day version of the myth of Ariadne and Theseus is presented. Salomé Roodenburg's libretto tells the story from Ariadne's perspective as an ›eye‹ on the truth ›in a sea‹ of lies and manipulations with which some rulers impose their will on the people. Een oog in zee also offers a surprising context for Haydn's cantata Arianna a Naxos, which is integrated in Willem Boogman's new composition.

The role of Ariadne is sung by mezzo-soprano Helena van Heel. The roles of Theseus and Dionysos are played, without text, by horn player Fokke van Heel and accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam respectively. Dancer Kenzo Kusuda adds an extra dimension that – translated into movement – ​​expresses the space and feeling of Ariadne. By making the composition almost visible, he guides the audience through the story.

In the direction of Zephyr Brüggen and the scenography by Salomé Roodenburg, the boundaries between what is true and what is not, are blurred. This world of shadows is designed with canvases with paintings by Roodenburg and a light design that can create shadows and projections. Ariadne shows us that the Minotaur is an invention to oppress the people by fear, but on the other hand, can we trust her blindly?

Een oog in zee is a music theater production by Stichting Noorderklank

Duration: about 75 minutes

Een oog in zee - preview of a music-theater work in progress

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September 30 | 18:30 & 20:00
As part of the ›Sprekend Lichaam‹ [›Speaking Body‹] exhibition by visual artist Salomé Roodenburg in Factor IJ in Amsterdam, a performance of ›Een oog in zee‹ [›An eye in the sea‹] will take place on 30 September, the music-theater work in progress, for which Salomé wrote the libretto. Amidst the exhibited work, which, like the libretto, is inspired by the myth of Ariadne, we give a preview of the music-theater work that will be premiered in the spring of 2022 and for which I am composing the music.
›Een oog in zee‹ is a modern adaptation of the Greek tragedy of Ariadne, performed by a Helena van Heel - mezzo-soprano, Vincent van Amsterdam - accordion, Fokke van Heel - horns and Kenzo Kusuda - performer.
The musicians act on stage and a world can be gained here if, as we do, you develop music-theater from and with the instrumentalists on stage, each of whom is a musical character.
Also with Salomé Roodenburg - libretto and stage design, Zephyr Brüggen - direction, and Stichting Noorderklank - production.

Concert: Intermezzi

The last concert in the Balcony Scene series ›Noorderklank in the Oosterkerk‹ will take place on Thursday July 1 – concerts that prefigure the music theater project ›Een oog in zee‹ by Stichting Noorderklank, for which I will write the music. Central to this concert is my Intermezzi, Modulationes super Passionem secundum Joannem (2016) for accordion, string quartet, glass plate, stones, hammer and wooden boxes. The program also includes music by Nico Richter, Marius Flothuis and J.S. Bach.
Performers are accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam, violinist Janneke van Prooijen and the Luna String Quartet.