David Van Bouwel - organ & soundscapes
"Earth Diver, Ruhrtriennale, Essen — ‘Breathtaking power’"
"The Ruhrtriennale’s Earth Diver is a multimedia performance of simple means and breathtaking power. David Van Bouwel’s electronic soundscapes, all grinding metal and howling wind, meet Wim Catrysse’s reductive videos, humans dwarfed by monstrous industry and frigid landscapes"
"This all-enveloping meditation shows what music theatre at its best can achieve"
"Schütz’s ethereal sacred motets, underscored by the solid continuo group"
"If you ever wondered what the music of Henrich Schütz has to do with your life today, you will find your answers here. At its finest, this is what music theatre can achieve."
Soundscapes: David Van Bouwel
Film: Wim Catrysse
Komposition: Heinrich Schütz, Nikolaus Brass
Konzept und Regie: Wouter Van Looy
Autor: Paul Verrept
Licht: Peter Quasters
Bühne: Peter Quasters, Wim Catrysse, Wouter Van Looy
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa created Cylindrical Shadows after the loss of a close friend, in exploration of the themes of life and death. Her choreography moves through darkness to a place of peace and hope, revealing the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tragedy. According to Lopez, “There is no difference between life and death; they are not opposites, as we are taught to believe. They are both a part of a single continuum, the continuum of life.”
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Henry Purcell, David Van Bouwel
Pacific Northwest Ballet excerpt