Echo - Premiere in deSingel, Antwerp

(c) Stijn Grüpping

(c) Stijn Grüpping

”Everything bounces everywhere with almost no loss.” (Al Swanson) 

Echo is the first collaboration between Post uit Hessdalen and Zwerm. The two companies share an adventurous and elusive approach of their artistic disciplines. They bumped into two age-old mythological figures, Echo and Narcissus, which mirror beautifully their own preferences for image and sound. In coproduction with deSingel / Klarafestival they transform this cursed love story into bold music theatre. 

What strikes us in this myth? How is it that a century-old Greek story echoes today? Punished for her dissoluteness, Echo is torn apart and scattered like seeds all over the world, where she forever echoes her heartfelt cry in mountains, gullies and caves. Our present virtual identity, self-constructed and thoughtlessly put online, has similar consequences: we convict ourselves to an eternal live, saved as bytes on one of the millions of data servers worldwide. And never again we can silence our own digital seeds, despite the recent judgement by the EC Court regarding ‘the right to be forgotten’. Echo examines this new way of virtual remembrance, and how we can deal with it. 

The modern Narcissus is easy to recognize, as he gazes no longer into a pool of water but rather into the ‘black mirror’ of his smartphone. In this unlimited era, his name - derived from a paralyzing poison - may symbolize our intellectual immobility and fossilized principles.

In Echo both music and video are presented live on stage, thus immersing the audience. As a modern nymph, dancer Charlotte Goesaert guides the spectator through a sensory trip. Echo will premiere on Wednesday the 14 th and Thursday the 15 th of March 2018 at 20h in deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium). We hope to welcome you!
 Concept & creation Stijn Grupping, Ine Van Baelen, Lucas Van Haesbroeck & ZWERM Live muziek ZWERM -Toon Callier, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Johannes Westendorp & Bruno Nelissen Dance Charlotte Goesaert Soundengineer Johan Vandermaelen Costumes Linse Van Gool Coach movement Karolien Verlinden Coproduction deSingel / Klarafestival Thanks to wpZimmer, LOD, De Grote Post & Walpurgis With the support of Vlaamse Overheid, Provincie Antwerpen en Stad Antwerpen

Première wednesday March 14th 2018 at 20:00 in deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), as part of the Klarafestival.
Performances March 15th 2018 at 20:00 in deSingel & April 21st at 20:15 in Handelsbeurs (Ghent, Belgium) as part of Opera XXI. Next season in Kortrijk, Rotterdam, Amsterdam...
Contact & booking via via Sarah Rombouts at Vincent Company
+32 (0)494 81 69 79