Nymphes et Monstres peforming Scenes Pastorales
Mistress, Maiden, Monster: A Modern Masque
The French Connection
Isolated Souls
Scènes Pastorales
Ode à la Musique

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Mistress, Maiden, Monster: A Modern Masque

In this performance, we present the stories of three different female characters, from plays by Shakespeare; Desdemona (Othello), Kate (Taming of the Shrew), and Viola (Twelfth Night). Through these women, we pose questions about what their stories tell us about how women were viewed in Shakespeare’s time, and what this means to us when we see them today. What do Shakespeare’s stories tell us about how women are viewed in today’s society? Is what they say uncomfortable? Resonant? Relevant? We hope to create a dialogue with our audience and challenge them to think about how they view women. This performance is a modern reinvention of a masque, a quintessentially English form of court entertainment containing storytelling, music, and acting.

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The French Connection

The French Connection follows the life of Nicholas Lanier, a French lutenist who fled to England escaping religious persecution and went on to gain the title 'Master of the King's Music' in the court of Charles I and II. Nicholas' grandfather had been court composer to Henry II of France, so this performance weaves music and poetry together to paint a picture of courtly life across the channel.

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Isolated Souls

Our newest program, created as a reaction to the global pandemic, Isolated Souls explores the complexity of emotions emerging from solitude, isolation and loneliness. During the Cornavirus pandemic, we found ourselves each locked down in different homes all over the Netherlands and in Israel, unable to perform together as a full group. This inspired us to create a program that would reflect the situation and its consequences, focusing on the individual performers' experiences through songs, poetry and solo music.

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Scènes Pastorales

Scènes Pastorales delves into the world of Greek mythology, showing pastoral scenes as seen through the eyes of the French Baroque composers. The program is divided into three sections, each showing a snapshot of pastoral life. We see a forlorn love, a doomed romance in which a young shepherd’s eye is turned by the beautiful Iris, and the Greek myth of Pan and Syrinx in which the goat-god pursues a fleeing nymph.

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Ode à la Musique

Ode à la Musique focuses on the journey of Arion, a mythological character whose prowess with the lute shaped the music of a generation. The program explores Arion’s life, and expresses a love for and joy in music, incorporating declamation of greek texts translated by Dr. Talitha Kearey.

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