Athens Epidaurus Festival
Photo © Giorgos Kaplanidis
Inspired by Membra Jesu Nostri Cantates of Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude, the SUM creative team and the Latinitas Nostra music ensemble are joined on stage by an actor, an electronic computer, and most prominently: two authentic Jacquard looms. The result is a crossover performance that brings a unique blend of art forms to the Athens Epidaurus Festival.
Concept and direction:
SUM (Andreas Linos, Myrsini Linou, Olga Sfetsa)
Translation and editing:
George Koropoulis, Stela Zoumpoulaki
Composition - Electronics:
Vangelis Mountrichas, Alexandros Alexandrou
Software development:Dimitris Christaras
Jacquard looms technical advisors:
La maison des Canuts
Assistant production manager:
Assistant line producer:
Tuesday 20 July at 23:00 & Wednesday 21 July at 21:00
Athens Epidaurus Festival, Peiraios 260 – Hall E’
5€ - 20€
DANKE is inspired by Membra Jesu Nostri, the magnum opus of Danish-born Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707), a cycle of seven cantatas, each dedicated to a different part of Christ’s crucified body. In particular, the similarities between Buxtehude’s handwritten sheet music and the punched cards used in Jacquard looms and early computers led to the piece’s creation.
As the small orchestra performs each cantata, the looms weave large votive offerings for each of Christ’s body parts. The code inputted to the looms with the old-fashioned punch cards is converted to electronic sound through a computer, forming a surprisingly delightful musical experience in combination with the mechanical sound of the machines.
As the directors describe it, the dramatic conception of the play is marked by coexistence of three different worlds on stage: “that of musicians, who perform the Membra Jesu Nostri, the world of looms, which decode the message and offer a tangible ‘thank you’, and the world of the actor, of the human presence, which forms the link between the disjointed members, the membra disjecta - code, music, image, sound.”
SUM is an artistic collective that consists of Andreas Linos, Myrsini Linou and Olga Sfetsa. Latinitas Nostra is a music ensemble that was created by Markellos Chryssicos cultivate the typical spirit of freedom, exaggeration and theatricality that animated the art of Mannerism and the Baroque.
Fanie Antonellou (soprano I), Theodora Baka (soprano II), Sofia Patsi (alto), Giannis Filias (tenor), Marios Sarantidis (baritone)
Athanasia Teliou and Andreas Linos (violas da gamba), Zoé Pouri (Baroque violin), Panos Iliopoulos and Markellos Chryssicos (organ, harpsichord, keyboards)
Co-production: Benaki Museum / Mentis - Antonopoulos 'Nima' Passementerie