Symphony of Expectations

[Update] Due to the corona crisis, these performances have been cancelled.

HYOID will perform Luciano Berio’s seminal piece Sinfonia with Symfonisch Orkest Opera Ballet Vlaanderen under the direction of Alejo Pérez as part of this years Klarafestival. Not to be missed! Performances or scheduled on 15 and 18 of March in Antwerp and Brussels:

15/03/2020 at 15:00 Opera Antwerpen

18/03/2020 at 20:30 Kaaitheater

“It is impossible for people to have only one feeling.
People have thousands of emotions simultaneously.”

During Klarafestival, Symphony of Expectation combines two iconic, 20th-century compositions: Sinfonia by Luciano Berio and Erwartung by Arnold Schönberg. Berio composed Sinfonia in the turbulent year 1968 as “a documentary, faithful to the explosive character of the age”. This is evident in the fragmentary structure of the symphony. Scraps of text by Samuel Beckett, Claude Lévi-Strauss and Martin Luther King are interwoven with musical motifs from Mahler, Stravinsky and Schönberg, among others.

The author Marie Pappenheim wrote the libretto for Schönberg’s monodrama Erwartung. She uses one second of the maximal spiritual excitement of the female main character – who is looking for her beloved on the edge of an ominous forest – and makes it explode into an intense theatrical experience. Symphony of Expectation reduces Berio’s explosion of voices to the essence of one female voice in Erwartung.

• In 2017, the Polish dramaturg, librettist and director Krystian Lada signed for the dramaturgy of Ivo van Hove’s The Diary of One Who Disappeared, which was staged at Kaaitheater during the Klara Festival. He was awarded the inaugural Mortier Next Generation Award in 2019.

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Shrimp & Karaoke LP release!

The Third Guy just released it’s first LP “Shrimp & Karaoke” on the London based label Micro Records. The record presents two larger works blending together fresh, deep, nonconformist and noisy sounds. On one hand the work by the German composer Michael Maierhof Splitting 56.3 a piece in which motors and mics play the main role in the sound production, it has been composed for the Belgian duo in 2018. On the other, The Third Guy presents their particular way of seeing the musical creation in Why Is Free Improv Boring. Conceived as six short pieces, each one with a different musical code on how the players react on each other’s playing.

Come and join them to celebrate the official release of this record in one of these events!

06/02 Fly Un-Open #16 @ Fly Studio, Brussels (BE)

07/02 Finissage Lien Tallon/LP Voorstelling The Third Guy, Flugzeug Music-Art-Design, Leuven (BE)

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Blink Of An Ear Residency with Down The Rabbit Hole

Down The Rabbit Hole will develop its new music-theatrical project Jukebox as part of this weeklong residency at Walpurgis in Mortsel.


Dedicated to young audience, this project takes you into a seemingly empty spacious hall, a playground proposed by the ensemble where the audience is invited to discover and choose how and what to listen to. Meanwhile, an interactive video installation tracks each inhabitant and proposes you gamelike choreographies – so your own positioning in space has an impact on the concert situation and makes you have access and discover different hearing perspectives.

It’s a live music box – the inner life of a Jukebox.

JUKEBOX proposes a shared space that is each time and constantly shaped by the audience to create the right nest for the contemporary music live performance.

JUKEBOX /// for kids only

MUSIC by Thierry De Mey, Michael Maierhoff, David Helbich, Joris Blanckaert & others

first stage supported by De School van Gaasbeek & LOD, Bijloke Summer Academy in Ghent (2018)

to be premiered in 2020

© Down the Rabbit Hole 2020, duration 45 min

Thierry De Mey – Musique de table

Michael Maierhoff – Shopping nr. 4

David Helbich – Earpieces (selection)

Joris Blanckaert – new commision

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Blink of an Ear residency with Tiptoe Company

Last november Tiptoe Company spent a week at Werkplaats Walter in Brussels to work on a new project for young audiences as part of Cohort’s ‘Blink of an Ear’ residency program. 

Here are some impressions of the wonderful try-out showing the results of the residency:

En nu / Et Maintenant ? (Immo

bilier Instable) – Tiptoe Company

Twee muzikanten en een beeldend kunstenaar.
Blokken, klemmen, vorken, snaren, dozen, bouwwerken.

De hernieuwde en herbronnende artistieke kern van Tiptoe Company zet de bouwvakkershelm op en betreedt de werf. Zonder kennis van zaken wagen ze zich aan een architectonisch waagstuk. Met een nieuw klankenarsenaal wordt een ‘wall of sound’ gebouwd. Worden de halsbrekende toeren hen fataal of beginnen we gewoon weer opnieuw na de instorting?

Tiptoe Company zijn Pieter Lenaerts, Jona Kesteleyn en A. De Causmaecker. 

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