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WOTH (Weighing of the Heart)
Duration in minutes:
Total number of performers:
> 20
Theatrical form (Opera, Performance, Instrumental Theatre, Other):
Stage form:
Black Box

Project description:
With WOTH (Weighing of the Heart), the highly individual musician Liesa Van der Aa is seeking a way through the moral chaos of our polyphonous world. Judgements whizz through the virtual air, but the voice that once dictated the boundary between good and evil has fallen forever silent. Liesa expresses a generation’s search for answers and structures against a backdrop of constant excess. What is a good life? She found the inspiration for this first creation of her own in an ancient Egyptian ritual that has a moving simplicity. After death, each individual’s heart is put in the balance opposite the feather of truth: too heavy, too light, or in equilibrium? The Egyptian Book of the Dead provides the visual background for an overwhelming musical performance. Liesa’s angular music balances between fragility and bombast, the individual and the masses: one voice, one violin, eight musicians, a 42-voice chorus. Video and animated film by Frederik Jassogne and Guy Cassiers.
Responsible institution, ensemble or person:
Liesa Van der Aa

Liesa Van der Aa, Peter Spaepen, Daniella Strasfögel, Katrin Lohman, Hannes d'Hoine
Author of text:
Liesa Van der Aa, Katrin Lohmann
Stage director:
Liesa Van der Aa
Stage designer:
Joé Ageman
Costume designer:
Anja Perisic
Liesa Van der Aa, Hangaar (Frederic Jassogne & Bart Moens), Guy Cassiers, Afreux beeldfabriek
Lightning design:
Ken Hioco
Roel Snellebrand
Liesa Van der Aa, Jon Birdsong, Lambert Colson, Nathan Wouters, Diederik De Cock, Boris Wilsdorf, Katrin Lohmann, Hannes D’Hoinne, Ephraim Cielen, Sjoerd Bruil (Arrangement)

Date of first performance:
deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus
Number of seats:
Producers; Co-Producers:
Louisa’s Daughter vzw; deSingel, Internationale Kunstcampus, Muziektheater Transparant, Toneelhuis, Handelsbeurs

Year of MTN:
Music Theatre Now, Musiktheater, Performance, Videokunst