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Ode to a Love Lost

Toneelhuis, Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

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Dance performance by multi-artist Meirhaeghe. Two themes: his own body, influenced by Western ideals of beauty, and a lost love. Starting from a dual relation with the norm, he literally moves toward liberation. 
Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe has created a furore as a director and countertenor in his own operatic musical projects (A Revue, Madrigals). He challenges the classical repertoire in his work, asking dancers to become singers and singers to become dancers. Meirhaeghe calls for unashamed access to big emotions, while offering pleasure to the semi-skilled, looking for a different kind of virtuosity. In his first production as a resident Toneelhuis artist, he himself performs as a dancer.

Ode to a Love Lost takes place deep in the crater of a heart. Its starting point Meirhaeghe’s own personal love story. Back in 2018, he made the production The Ballet together with his then lover and muse. That mythologized relationship still inspires Meirhaeghe. Like the love stories between Diaghilev and Nijinsky, Wilde and Bosie, Warhol and Basquiat and all the passionate but unrequited loves that did not withstand the aesthetic struggle.

As a dancer on stage himself, Meirhaeghe engages in an intimate artistic dialogue with a number of young choreographers. The focus is on his own body, influenced by Western standards and ideals of beauty that can be seen in art and advertising, among other places. With a lost love as motor, a deep crater as landscape and a dual relation to the norm, Meirhaeghe literally moves toward liberation. 

He is accompanied live by Berlin-based singer/songwriter Finn Ronsdorf on soul and blues piano and joined by performers Jelle Haen and Désirée Cériocien. 
 

Credits

concept, direction, performance

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe

performers

  • Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe
  • Finn Ronsdorf
  • Jelle Haen
  • Désirée Cerocién

scenography, light

  • Bart van Merode
  • Zaza Dupont

research

  • Louise van den Eede

choreography coaching

  • Hanako Hayakawa

vocal coaching

  • Wouter Deltour

body coaching

  • Sten Dielen

video

  • Charles Dhondt

costume design

  • Oumar Dicko

production

  • Toneelhuis

with the support of

  • de Tax Shelter van de Belgische federale overheid
  • Casa Kafka Pictures Tax Shelter

All data

  1. Thursday 19 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen Premiere
  2. Friday 20 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  3. Saturday 21 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  4. Wednesday 25 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  5. Thursday 26 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  6. Friday 27 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  7. Saturday 28 January 2023 — 20h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  8. Sunday 29 January 2023 — 15h00 — Bourlaschouwburg, Antwerpen
  9. Friday 3 February 2023 — 20h00 — CC De Factorij, Zaventem
  10. Monday 6 February 2023 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  11. Tuesday 7 February 2023 — 20h00 — ITA, Rabozaal, Amsterdam
  12. Wednesday 15 February 2023 — 20h00 — Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam
  13. Thursday 23 February 2023 — 20h00 — De Grote Post, Oostende
  14. Wednesday 8 March 2023 — 20h15 — Koninklijke Schouwburg Den Haag, Den Haag

News about ‘Ode to a Love Lost’

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe does away with pigeonholes for genres and audiences Article — 24 June 2022

Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe does away with pigeonholes for genres and audiences

If there’s one artist who embodies Toneelhuis's ambitions for the coming years, it's Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe (b. 1995). The young director, singer and performer has made 'connecting’ his artistic practice. He builds bridges between tradition and innovation, between disciplines and genres, between audiences and artists. The result: deeply sensitive, breath-taking productions.

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