2003 Confusion in the concert hall
In ‘Alexei Larionov, a requiem’, the orchestra was on the balconies, actors were mixed in with the front of house staff and the 80 members of the choir were spread around the audience.
The reviewer was perplexed as well:
“…It was perfectly possible that your neighbour, who you had thought to be an ordinary punter like yourself, would suddenly stand up and start taking part in the performance. Initially, the vocal part merely consisted of mysterious sentences such as ‘we are helpless in the face of the common good’, but this eventually grew into a collective hymn. At first glance, this piece by Twaalfhoven seemed naïve and loosely structured. On closer inspection, however, it revealed an intricately woven structure of cleverly spaced subtle details that testified to a fertile imagination.”
– Aad van der Ven in the Haagsche Courant, 06/10/2003 –
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