Celine Daemen's new VR opera, Eurydice: een afdaling in oneindigheid , is inspired by the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. When our soul leaves our body after we die, will it continue to wander? Do you ascend to heaven or are you uploaded to the Cloud? The infinity of the soul: it’s an age-old theme that has held humanity in its grasp since ancient times. The longing for a satisfactory answer stems from the discrepancy between the material world and a higher reality.
In Eurydice: een afdaling in oneindigheid , you travel to a place where time is transient and the rules of space are no longer relevant. You walk through a labyrinth of corridors and ruins, while being accompanied by the hypnotic singing of Eurydice. Along dizzying depths and vast vistas, through a poetic in-between world filled with enchanting music. The performance exposes the tension between our desire for unlimited infinity and temporary, earthly materiality.
You can experience this individually in timeslots of half an hour. Curiosity is your best compass!
Celine Daemen won the prestigious Reflet d'Or at the Geneva International Film Festival! Read the 4-star review in the Volkskrant here.
"The frightening and at the same time magical virtualreality-experience by director Celine Daemen is different for everyone."
Celine Daemen is a director who connects a great passion for opera with a distinct love for Virtual Reality (VR). After completing her studies at the Toneelacademie Maastricht (2018), she made a first move toward creating her own signature in several productions in which immersion (immersion) in both music and virtual environments was the common thread. She sees herself as a creator of "transdisciplinary work," where combined disciplines together create a new medium. Whereas VR often focuses on recreating the real world (as if you were actually standing in the Rijksmuseum or at the Grand Canyon), Celine actually wants to imagine new worlds and harness the infinite potential of VR to turn the observer's gaze inward. Thematically, questions about "being" are central, with an emphasis on inner reality in all its manifestations: intuition, imagination and so-called "madness. In her project The Opera of the Falling Man (2018), for example, Celine searched for poetry within madness and looked at melancholy as a hopeful source of insight into existence. The journey inward takes the viewer into a realm where new associations emerge and new layers of being human are touched.
Kate Moore (1979) is an Australian-Dutch composer of new music. In 2001 she graduated Cum Laude from the Australian National University majoring in composition and electroacoustic music. After graduating with a master's degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002. In 2013, she received a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney. In 2017, she received the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch award for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned by The Canberra International Festival.