Songs for a Passerby
Tue 28 Nov ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
Wed 29 Nov ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
Thu 30 Nov ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
Fri 1 Dec ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
Sat 2 Dec ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
Sun 3 Dec ’2311:00 - 22:00Grote Zaal
How does one relate to a world of things that are passing? Are we a part of it? Or are we just looking at it? And what about the body – is it something that we are or that we have?
There is an ambivalence here that prompts the question: could this be the origin of all melancholy?
In Songs for a Passerby you will autonomously walk through a musical dreamscape shown in a VR headset. You are following your own 3D mirror image and on the way you will pass by various scenes: a dying horse, a choir of murmuring people, two playing dogs.
Songs for a Passerby is a meditative quest that allows you to step outside reality for a moment and look at yourself. As a puppeteer of your own body you will be entering a poetic space where the melancholy question arises: is this me passing by moments, or is it rather the moments passing by me?
Director Celine Daemen: "By placing spectators outside themselves and showing them the contours of their own 'self' through capture with live 3D cameras, I aim to create an experience that touches on a familiar sense of melancholy, wherein we are no longer at one with the world, but in some ways are opposite to it. As the poet Reiner Maria Rilke wrote: "Dieses heißt Schicksal: gegenüber sein und nichts als das und immer gegenüber". ("This is what fate means: to be opposite, and to be that and nothing else, opposite, forever.")
In Songs for a Passerby I have attempted to create an experience that investigates the connection between the physical and the metaphysical world. You are both a body that is moving through space and a mind that is looking at it. While the unavoidable passing of time makes itself manifest to you, all past moments will remain present, entering into a simultaneous existence. You are both in the world and simultaneously outside it."
Celine Daemen direction | Aron Fels VR art direction | Asa Horvitz music & sound compostion | Olivier Herter liberetto | Wouter Snoei sound & mix