On the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 December Prime presents their production zeventien | 17, a musical installation and concerts in the Aa Church. Three hundred years ago, on Christmas Eve, the North Sea coastal area was hit by storm floods. The Christmas Flood of 1717, which took thousands of lives, was the greatest natural disaster to strike the Netherlands in four centuries. A good reason to reflect on the force of nature, then and now.
On Saturday, 9 December Shapeshift, an ensemble of seven violinists, will perform Lacrimosa, a contemporary requiem, a mass for the repose of the dead, by the young composer Maxim Shalygin. For Maxim Shalygin the Lacrimosa – the prayer for the redemption of sinners – is the most beautiful part of any requiem. Shalygin’s own Lacrimosa comprises thirteen parts, not all of them with a religious connotation. Shalygin: “With this work I enter into a creative dialogue, not just with composers but also with likeminded directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Andrej Tarkovski and Lars von Trier, who also had a penchant for tales of the Apocalypse.”
When it comes to orchestration and diversity Shapeshift is a flexible ensemble. It works with the most talented and enthusiastic soloists of our generation. Classically trained, they are familiar with the music of the 20th and 21st century and are dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary chamber music.
Central to the production is the kinetic light installation Onder de Kerstvloed that media artist Dennis Molema created for the chancel of the Aa Church. This project visualizes high water and the impact of a natural disaster. Accompanying Shapeshift this weekend are Slagwerk Den Haag and a number of choirs who will provide the installation with an exciting soundscape.