Every lover is a warrior. With utopian enthusiasm, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe stages Monteverdi’s Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi.
Meirhaeghe is taking on Claudio Monteverdi. At the end of his life, this king of late Italian Renaissance music published his zesty Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi. Meirhaeghe turns these dazzling vocal works about war and love into a call for freedom, enflamed by fighting spirit and passion. With an eye to the ancient Greeks, he creates a contemporary and uninhibited orgy that blurs the boundaries between the human and the divine.
For Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, theatre is a crossroads in time: a time machine squarely in the middle of the present in which distant pasts and futures, origins and utopias, merge to form a radically new story with a soundscape and cast to match. Moving beyond the distinctions between insider and outsider, MADRIGALS presents a society full of uniqueness and talent where conservative dogma and stigmas make way for sexuality, abandonment and release.
Artist and composer Jesse Kanda (who as a musician goes by the name of ‘Doon Kanda’ and is known to the general public for his collaborations with Björk and others), will rewrite Monteverdi's music to a large extent.