MEDEA / They have waited long enough at St John's Smith Square

Composers Annelies Van Parys, Aftab Darvishi and Calliope Tsoupaki create new, contemporary sounds for three women who have had to wait in the wings of the great Greek myths far too long. They shine a new light on these women’s stories, add a new nuance to them and infuse them with new power. Is Medea a revengeful monster or a mother consumed with compassion? Is Circe an evil witch or a heroine filled with great humanity? And what about Penelope’s so-called helpless waiting? 

Author Gaea Schoeters found the words that do these women justice: moving yet liberating. Soprano Katharine Dain sings them to life accompanied by the all-female Ragazze Quartet. Three colorful soloists engage in an intense dialogue on karinet, duduk and qanun.

Evelien Roels, classicist and compelling storyteller, provides the three characters with an introduction.

"Every time we play this program, something magical happens on stage. The stories of three Greek heroines, retold by three female composers. In this concert we are complemented by the warm sounds of duduk, clarinet and canun, plus one of our favorite singers Katharine Dain."  — RAGAZZE QUARTET

St John's Smith Square

sopraan  Katharine Dain
klarinet  Anna voor de Wind
qanun  Osama Abdulrasol
duduk  Lucie Lelaurain

Ragazze Quartet
viool  Rosa Arnold, Jeanita Vriens-van Tongeren
altviool  Annemijn Bergkotte
cello  Rebecca Wise

Annelies Van Parys
Medea  (voor sopraan, klarinet in bes en strijkkwartet)
tekst  Gaea Schoeters
vertaling  Rona Kennedy

Aftab Darvishi
Never Belonged  (voor sopraan, duduk en strijkkwartet)
tekst  Gaea Schoeters geïnspireerd door “Circe” van Madeline Miller

Calliope Tsoupaki
Penelope, ΠΗΝΕΛΟΠΕΙΑ  (voor sopraan, qanun en strijkkwartet)
tekst  Fragmenten uit Homeros’ Odyssee
vertaling  Emily Wilson
tekstkeuze / dramaturgie  Gaea Schoeters
tekstaanpassing  uit het Oudgrieks Mando Malamou

concept  Tamar Brüggemann, Wonderfeel

coproductie  Lunalia, Wonderfeel, Antwerp Liedfest, Mittelfest, November Music, Oranjewoud Festival