This creation commemorates World War I and takes as point of departure the play FRONT (2014) by Luk Perceval. The American-Israeli composer Chaya Czernowin saw the performance and connected the theatrical experience of FRONT with the novella Homecoming by the Chinese author Can Xue. The result of this union is music theatre about opening new perspectives in a harrowing situation.

In FRONT, we see the soldiers in the trenches, caught in an unending battle and constantly exposed to death. In Homecoming it is a woman who happens to find her way to a house on the edge of an abyss and gradually realises that it is impossible for her to escape. Two situations in which the moment becomes dilated to the point of infinity.

Chaya Czernowin is one of the most challenging and innovative contemporary composers working today. Her work is played around the world by leading ensembles and specialists in new music. She creates an unusual sound architecture in which all facets of music and sound become interrelated in a new way. And not only the ear, but all of the senses are engaged in the process.
Infinite Now will be the first opera directed by Luk Perceval in Flanders. It promises to be a unique combination of theatre and opera, sung and spoken word, drama and music. With Titus Engel, who conducted Akhnaten in the 2014-2015 season, the musical direction is in excellent hands.

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Length: approx. 2 h 30 min   Dutch, French, German, English, Mandarin  

Discover our team

Chaya Czernowin
Titus Engel
Luk Perceval
Karen Vourc?h

In the press

An Interview with Chaya Czernowin

“You have elements A, B, C, and variations of these. Moving between these As-Bs-Cs you begin to get something which is linear and not linear at the same time because you are basically repeating them, but repetitions are just not the same. So, the sameness, the not sameness, and the repetition find a kind of a new meaning. That something is a huge structure that is repeated and it’s reinterpreted and then it’s reinterpreted again.”

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