Lucas Wiegerink: Het Lijflied / The Body’s Song
A musical journey through the body (6+)
In Het lijflied (The Body’s Song) you’re taken on an adventure with Ina as she journeys through her own body. You’ll see her tuning into the chatter of the almighty mind, being swept away by the deafening beat of her heart, watching as a large poo is made in her bowls, and teaming up with her white blood cells to fight off a virus. When she returns to the outside world after her exciting adventure, she understands that her body is an ally she can count on.
THE BODY AS A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
The makers of Het lijflied take inspiration from the hidden sounds, processes, and stories of the human body. Composer Lucas Wiegerink has skilfully weaved bodily noises through his piece, which also features elements of jazz a plethora of operas. He developed the plan for this sensory children’s production together with French theatre and opera director Alma Terrasse, who is also responsible for the libretto.
In Het Lijflied, Ina ends up in her own body and discovers the wonderful sound universe that her organs make.
From the bubbling of her stomach, the beating of her heart in love to the simmering of her intestines. Head and heart duet with each other, and even a singing turd plays a part. Ina sees how her food is digested, how her organs work together and how she can defeat an attack of viruses. She learns a lot about her body, but especially a lot about herself. Director Alma Terrasse: 'I hope that in Het Lijflied children will discover how rich and wonderful their inner world is, in which everything is connected.'
Het Lijflied is a co-production of Opera Zuid, Dutch National Opera and November Music, and is made possible in part by the Performing Arts Fund and Kunstloc Brabant.
- Composer(s): Lucas Wiegerink
Title(s) of the Work(s):
Het Lijflied / the Body’s Song
- Performer, Ensemble or Orchestra: Coproduction Dutch National Opera, Opera Zuid and November Music and is made possible by Fonds Podiumkunsten and Kunstloc Brabant. In cooperation with Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo