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Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Naomi Beeldens at Beijing Music Festival

With La Voix Humaine soprano Naomi Beeldens brings a wonderful own interpretation of the intriguing masterpiece by French composer Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) an adaptation of the text by Jean Cocteau (1889-1963).

In this monologue, performed as a telephone conversation, a woman undertakes an ultimate attempt to win back her lover. She creates a web of words - anxious, desperate, hysterical - as a safety net in her battle against the imminent emptiness. The gradual realization that her lover chose for another for ever, drives her to despair until the connection is literally broken. The scene is designed as a mind map where props and chalk lines remain the only tangible signs of a lost relationship. In an obscure, cinematic space, the woman seems to stage her own death and, in an endless repetition, tries to keep her love alive obsessively. In the background, a dancer gives shape to the absent lover. Pianist and composer Jeroen Malaise aides Naomi in the interpretation and performance of Poulenc's special score, director Wouter Van Looy coaches her in her crazy monologue.

A production of Muziektheater Transparant in collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. With the friendly permission of Mr Pierre Bergé, President of the Commission Jean Cocteau.