Elements

2017
Performance by Nieuw Ensemble & Jerboah
Composition & Scenography: Brechtje van Dijk
Installation: Red Horizon by Gabey Tjon a Tham
An evening of today – Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam

Elements is inspired by the rise of the elements after the Big Bang: an incredible process in which an extremely hot cosmos core expanded, cooled down and made way for the smallest particles to unite and form the first elements.

In the piece the musicians form the center of this cosmos that spread as light shells in time. Every shell is characterized by a new combination of density and temperature, creating the perfect environment for a new element to originate. Musically, this inspired to compose strongly distinguishable characters that simultaneously have clear mutual connections: a set of musical characters that form each other’s predecessors and successors.

Video
Edit: Brechtje van Dijk
Audio mix: Jornt Duyx