Due to the ongoing pandemic, all performance dates are subject to change.
Inspired by Dieterich Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri”
A strikingly original crossover of various art forms at the Athens Festival. Two Jacquard looms are the true stars of this production, joined on the Hall E stage by an electronic computer, an actor, the Latinitas Nostra Baroque music ensemble and the SUM creative team, jointly presenting Danke.
The performance is based on Membra Jesu Nostri, the masterpiece of Danish-born Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707), a cycle of seven cantatas, each of which is dedicated to a different part of Christ’s crucified body. The obvious similarities between Buxtehude’s handwritten sheet music and the punched cards used in Jacquard looms and in early computers inspired this brilliant crossover between Baroque, electronic music and looms. Concurrently with the orchestra performing each cantata, the two looms weave large votive offerings for each of Christ’s body parts. The same code is converted into electronic sound through the computer and is combined with the mechanical sound of the looms to create a surprisingly delightful musical experience.
Concept - Directing – Set design - Video: Andreas Linos, Myrsini Linou, Olga Sfetsa
Conductor: Markellos Chrysikopoulos
Texts translated and edited by Stela Zoumpoulaki
Composition - Electronics: Panos Iliopoulos
Costume design: George Soumpasis
Lighting design: Eliza Alexandropoulou
Software development: Dimitrios Christaras
Jacquard technical adviser: Virginie Varenne
Tuner: Yiannis Karydas
Performed by the Latinitas Nostra ensemble, consisting of:
Fanie Antonelou soprano 1, Theodora Baka, soprano 2, Nikos Spanos, alto, Yannis Filias, tenor, Marios Sarantidis, baritone, and the instrument ensemble consisting of Andreas Linos, viola da gamba, Iasonas Ioannou Baroque cello, Dimitris Tingas, violone, Theodoros Kitsos, theorbo, Panos Iliopoulos, Markellos Chrysikopoulos, organ, and actor Giorgos Kritharas.
Production manager: Delta Pi
As part of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2020. The performance is based on Membra Jesu Nostri, the masterpiece of Danish-born Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707).
To be announced.